Japan Japan has two moon festivals every year, following lunar calendar. Zyuyoga is associated with the traditional customs of "Otsukimi" (meaning watching the moon on the full moon day in autumn). For the people in the land of the rising sun, the festival is the time for them to honor the moon in the fall, the only time the moon is at its fullest. In the Otsukimi festival, the Japanese often make Dango, a type of rice dumplings (mochiko). It is quite similar to mochi and is served with tea. On the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, the Japanese personally hand mix flour with water, pound it to create that structure-builder before proceeds to baking. Dango cake is presented with a Susuki grass vase during moon festivals. Also known as tail flower, susuki is a perennial tall grass that blossoms in the autumn. The moon watching ritual cannot be done without dango cake. Dango cake and susuki grass. Photo courtesy of Katorisi on Wikipedia The legend of Dango cake is traditionally … [Read more...] about Are moon festivals the same everywhere in Asia?
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VietNamNet Bridge – The third Southern Traditional Cake Festival will take place from April 26 to May 1 at the Phu Tho Stadium in District 11 in Ho Chi Minh City. During the five-day festival, about 100 varieties of traditional cakes from the southern regions, dating back thousands of years will be displayed. The most famous of these well-known traditional cakes are ‘Banh Tet’, a cylindrical glutinous rice cake filled with green bean paste and pork fat; ‘Banh U’, a small pyramid shaped glutinous rice cake; ‘Banh Khot’, a molded rice cake with green peas; ‘Bánh Tam Bi’, a silkworm noodle cake with pork skin; ‘Banh Tet La Cam’, a violet cylindrical glutinous rice cake; and another one which is a Can Tho specialty. The basic ingredient for all these cakes is rice flour. The festival will have an exhibition area, photo galleries, a performance area, arts and crafts display, local products and traditional food … [Read more...] about Southern Traditional Cake Festival to be held in HCM City
Food and beverage expo to kick off next month Metalex and Nepcon expos attract 500 firms By Quoc Hung - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – International Food and Beverage Exhibition and International Exhibition of Processing and Food & Beverage Packaging Technology (ProPack Vietnam 2011) will take place on September 8-11 in HCMC, attracting 182 local and foreign companies. The annual exhibition would have 256 booths featuring processed foods and beverages; hotels and restaurants services; and technologies in food processing and packaging among others, the organizing board said last week. Exhibitors at this year’s event include most of big local food and beverage companies such as Vissan, Cau Tre, ABC, Salanganes’ nest Khanh Hoa, Sabeco, Tan Hiep Phat, Habeco, Vietnam Brewery Co., and Bidrico, while foreign counterparts are companies from the Ukraine, Japan, Taiwan, and China. The exhibition will also incorporate the “Vietnam Beer and Beverage Festival … [Read more...] about Food and beverage expo to kick off next month
SAKON NAKHON CASTLE FESTIVAL OCTOBER 23-27, 2015 The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is joining forces with the Sakon Nakhon Provincial Authorities and Sakon Nakhon Provincial Administration to stage this year’ s Wax Castle Procession and Long Boat Race Festival from October 23-27, 2015. The six-day event is held annually to mark the end of the Buddhist Lent or the Ok Phansa festival, which is one of the important annual cycle of celebrations for Buddhists. Religious ceremonies and fun events will take place at Suan Ming Mueang, Suan Somdej Phra Srinagarindra and the famous temple of Wat Phra That Choeng Chum Worawihan in the Mueang district of Sakon Nakhon province. Traditionally at this time of year, the people of Sakon Nakhon do rounds of the local temples to make merit and pay respect to their ancestors. The annual festival plays an important role in preserving the ancient cultural heritage of Sakon Nakhon as well as encouraging the wax-carving skills of local … [Read more...] about SAKON NAKHON CASTLE FESTIVAL OCTOBER 23-27, 2015
Chefs are rolling up their sleeves to prepare moon cakes at the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival Every year around this time, Vietnam starts cranking out moon cakes at full speed. Indeed, for the next three weeks or so, the whole country will be overtaken with the giving of these lunar-shaped treats. Understanding exactly why can be a difficult proposition for a Westerner. Vietnam's mid-Autumn Festival (in Vietnam, autumn officially begins in July) falls in the middle of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. This year's mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 22, and you're likely to see a lot of happy young kids marching around with small colorful lanterns and golden brown moon cakes leading up to the event. The cakes themselves are generally round and stamped out of ornate molds. They consist of a thin outer skin holding together a dense interior filling. They may contain an egg yolk at the center a homage to their namesake satellite. Adults will begin dutifully giving moon cakes to … [Read more...] about Moon cake festival