Chinese around the world celebrate Mid Autumn Festival on 30-09-2012. The above photo showing a moon cake in traditional taste that eat during the festival. Since mooncake is sweet, so we drink Chinese Tea while eating moon cake.
Link : Some other mooncakes
Mooncake (simplified Chinese: 月饼; traditional Chinese: 月餅; pinyin: yuè bĭng) is a Chinese bakery product traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival Festival (Zhongqiu). The festival is for lunar worship and moon watching, when mooncakes are regarded as an indispensable delicacy. Mooncakes are offered between friends or on family gatherings while celebrating the festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the four most important Chinese festivals.
Typical mooncakes are round or rectangular pastries, measuring about 10 cm in diameter and 4–5 cm thick. A rich thick filling usually made from red bean or lotus seed paste is surrounded by a thin (2–3 mm) crust and may contain yolks from salted duck eggs. Mooncakes are usually eaten in small wedges accompanied by Chinese tea. Today, it is customary for businessmen and families to present them to their clients or relatives as presents, helping to fuel a demand for high-end mooncake styles.
* Mid-Autumn Festival *
The festival is intricately linked to the legends of Chang E, the mythical Moon Goddess of Immortality. According to "Li-Ji", an ancient Chinese book recording customs and ceremonies, the Chinese Emperor should offer sacrifices to the sun in spring and the moon in autumn. The 15th day of the 8th lunar month is the day called "Mid-Autumn". The night on the 15th of the 8th lunar month is also called "Night of the Moon". Under the Song Dynasty (420), the day was officially declared the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Because of its central role in the Mid-Autumn festival, mooncakes remained popular even in recent years. For many, they form a central part of the Mid-Autumn festival experience such that it is now commonly known as 'Mooncake Festival'.
* Ming revolution *
There is a folk tale about the overthrow of Mongol rule facilitated by messages smuggled in moon cakes.
Mooncakes were used as a medium by the Ming revolutionaries in their espionage effort to secretly distribute letters to overthrow the Mongolian rulers of China in the Yuan dynasty. The idea is said to have been conceived by Zhu Yuanzhang (朱元璋) and his advisor Liu Bowen (劉伯溫), who circulated a rumor that a deadly plague was spreading, and the only way to prevent it was to eat special mooncakes. This prompted the quick distribution of mooncakes, which were used to hide a secret message coordinating the Han Chinese revolt on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month.
Another method of hiding the message was printed in the surface of mooncakes as a simple puzzle or mosaic. To read the encrypted message, each of the four mooncakes packaged together must be cut into four parts each. The 16 pieces of mooncake, must then be pieced together in such a fashion that the secret messages can be read. The pieces of mooncake are then eaten to destroy the message.
Source / More Informations : Mooncake_wikipedia
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serp2000 (39682) 2012-09-30 20:52
Very nice composition! I like this still-life from festival. Perfect sharpness, excellent colors and original frame )))
Have a good new week!
papagolf21 (85552) 2012-09-30 23:41
Bonjour, chère Ally,
Merci de nous présenter ce gâteau appétissant, cela serait un plaisir que de partager ainsi ce Mooncake.
L'image est fort bien présentée.
Comme d'habitude, la note d'accompagnement est très bien rédigée.
pierrefonds (56526) 2012-10-01 4:43
The piece of cloth is helping to frame the cake. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the moon cake and of the tea pot. The surrounding light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-10-01 9:51
The presentation is done well, it is very appetizing. I liked the link on mooncakes. Very good close-up photography, full of neat details. Bravo.
Have a nice day
TopGeo (38202) 2012-10-01 12:14
Hello Ally! Beautiful photo with many impressive elements! Great composition and framing, excellent perspective! Wonderful light management, wonderful colours and clarity, impressive idea
danos (85865) 2012-10-03 1:20
i'd like to eat this traditional moon cake with a cup of tea participating in Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.
I like the presentation with the painting of the teapot to be well captured.
abmdsudi (42754) 2012-10-03 1:30
Super still life close up, an attractive cultural image well framed with the range of rich colours radiate giving life to the image. It's a nourishing shot and feast to our eyes indeed. Excellent well spread out mouth-watering that looks so gorgeous and you almost could reach out and take one they're so tempting. This is stunning capture, the texture and tones have come through exceptionally well with good touch of red, clarity is exquisite and crispy sharp. Great delicious shot, TFS
mirosu (13340) 2012-10-04 4:07
Excellent note and very well arranged photo. The moon cace tnd the tea cup is really inviting.... Nicely composed and presented.
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-10-04 18:43
Another food photo that I really like. I like the contrast of the moon cake to its surroundings. Wonderful colours. Moon cakes are fairly common here especially during Chinese holidays.
kordinator (16541) 2012-10-05 1:04
Very good close-up photography, full of fine details. Nice colors,excellent sharpness.
adramad (37445) 2012-10-05 4:22
A creative composition that is extremely attractive, with beautiful colors and beauty of the item.
Magnifica management of brightness, sharpness for recreation in the beautiful details.
Have a nice weekend.
s_lush (16134) 2012-10-06 3:36
This colorful and high-quality picture along with your informative note depicts elements of Chinese culture, cookery and tea-drinking traditions perfectly well. A very good composition, beautiful colors, masterful design and interesting information in the note!
Bluejeans (64247) 2012-10-08 5:19
Ola Ally ,
Muito interessante esta tua foto com este Bolo Lua e o bule de chá ,para festejar a chegada do outono , bons detalhes , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Waylim (25186) 2012-10-12 16:21
A very nostalgic holiday for me. I love playing with the lantern and eating mooncake. Since my mother passed we stop celebrating the holiday. Maybe one day I will start the tradition again.
Love shot of the tea cup and cake.
fabbs99 (16163) 2012-11-10 19:05
Very nice close up shot of the moon-cake and tea cup.The note about the festival is very interesting and something very new to my knowledge.The shot is simple but having excellent sharpness and clarity.Very well done, TFS.
Thanoslim (310) 2012-11-29 2:41
Very beautiful composition with mooncake and Chinese Tea!
Well done ;-)
jmdias (54635) 2013-07-22 2:50
marvelous image. I liked the way you framed the elements, the drawings in the faience are very well visible and are beautiful, the curious shapes and colors of the take too. TFS.
- Copyright: Ally Theanlyn (shevchenko) (19271)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-09-30
- Categories: Food
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- Date Submitted: 2012-09-30 19:22