Back to English Comments Culture & Arts - September 23, 2018 | 11:16 am GMT+7 One experienced mooncake-maker in Hanoi has seen the art and craft wax and wane, and do it again.Dung’s hands move with practiced ease.He has been doing this for 50 years and the dough is like putty in his hands. After some kneading he cuts the dough into smaller pieces and uses the mold to shape them. A thin layer of white flour flies into the air every time he taps one piece of dough out of the wooden mold.Flour is everywhere. On the table. On his apron. On his sweaty, chef’s hat. And from the cloud of dough dust, a moon emerges. A white, sticky rice mooncake is ready to be baked and keep its tryst with the fullest, biggest moon of the year – the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, celebrated as the “Mid-Autumn Festival.”About 20 people are busy in the “workshop,” mixing fillings, shaping dough and baking new batches of cakes. They are focused and … [Read more...] about Many moons ago, mooncakes were a dark secret – VnExpress International
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Soldiers of Military Staff Board in Bình Phước Province’s Bù Đốp District and members of HCM Communist Youth Union in the district’s Hưng Phước border commune have made hundreds of lanterns for children on the occasion of the Mid-Autumn Festival. —VNA/VNS Photo K GỬIH Viet Nam News HCM CITY— Soldiers of the Military Staff Board in Bình Phước Province’s Bù Đốp District and members of the HCM Communist Youth Union in the district’s Hưng Phước border commune have made hundreds of lanterns for children on the occasion of the Mid-Autumn Festival, or Full Moon Festival, falling on September 24. Children who live in rural and border gate areas nationwide have enjoyed a warm Mid-Autumn Festival thanks to other charity programmes. The programmes have been held by many different state-owned organisations in co-operation with companies. On September 23, … [Read more...] about Mid-Autumn Festival charity programmes held for children
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?
Moon cake producers have unveiled many traditional and new varieties for this year’s Full Moon Festival. — VNS PhotoViet Nam News HCM CITY — With around a month to go for the Mid-Autumn festival, moon cake producers have unveiled many traditional and new varieties. Big names like ABC Bakery, Kinh Đô Mondelez, Đồng Khánh, Bibica, Thành Long, and Givral have started selling early this year. The Asia Bakery and Confectionery Pte.Ent, known as ABC Bakery, has begun the season by exporting 60,000 cakes to the US for distribution through supermarkets. At home it makes cakes for 22 five-star hotels and large bakeries with their names and logos, Kao Siêu Lực, the company’s general director, said. It would supply at least 2.5 million cakes (500 tonnes) for the Mid-Autumn Festival, including new varieties made with fillings like imported Singaporean barbecued meats, lotus and chia seeds and dried apricots, lotus seeds and … [Read more...] about Moon cake makers start sales early this year
Hotels and restaurants launch mooncake collections for Mid-Autumn Festival By Minh Tuan Sheraton Saigon representatives cut the ribbon to launch their collection of handcrafted mooncakes - PHOTO: MINH TUAN HCMC - Many hotels and restaurants in Vietnam have launched their mooncake collections for this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival, or the Full Moon Festival, the second biggest festival for Vietnamese family reunion after the traditional Lunar New Year. Mooncake is an indispensable delicacy of the Mid-Autumn Festival (falling on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, or September 24 this year). People enjoy mooncakes together with family or present mooncakes to relatives or friends to express love and best wishes. Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers In celebration of the Full Moon Festival, the Sheraton Saigon introduces its collection of handcrafted mooncake indulgences. The mooncakes are contained in custom designed gift boxes which come in two sizes and can … [Read more...] about Hotels and restaurants launch mooncake collections for Mid-Autumn Festival