Mid-autumn Festival

Mid-autumn Festival, also known as the Mooncake festival is one of the most widely celebrated festivals among the Chinese community. It is a common sight to celebrate this festival with bright cherry display of lanterns of all shapes and sizes.

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Legend has it that mooncakes were used to pass on messages within the Chinese to rebel against the Mongolians on the 15th of the eight lunar month. As the Chinese were successful in overthrowing the Mongolians, the day was thus celebrated year after year with the mooncake as a significant symbol. Another interesting legend told over generations is the love story between Chang-e and Hou Yi during the Shang Dynasty. As Chang-e became an immortal, Hou Yi could only cross the Milky Way and reach Chang-e during this day, once a year. Hence, the traditions of lanterns were born as it signifies leading the lovebirds closer to each other.

For more legends and stories of the festival:http://www.travelchinaguide.com/essential/holidays/mid-autumn-legends.htm

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Traditions
There are many traditions that are practiced even till today such as gazing at the moon, eating mooncakes, lanterns-strolling and poetry.
Read here for more info: http://www.chinahighlights.com/festivals/mid-autumn-festival-tradition.htm

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Mooncake
A Mooncake is a round delicacy filled with lotus filling within a thin layer of crust. Over the years, novelty has become a huge thing when it comes to mooncake making with all sorts of flavors and design. You name it, they have it. Making a mooncake is relatively easy as well. With just the right ingredients, you would only need to know how creative you would like it to be.

To see and to do
If you happen to be in Singapore, you are in for a treat! Be sure to visit Chinatown and the Gardens by the Bay to get an all-rounded experience of this festival:
Chinatown: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chinatown-Festivals/186429804750588
Gardens by the bay: https://www.facebook.com/gardensbythebay

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We hope you would have a lovely Mid-autumn festival with your family and friends. Happy mid-autumn from us all at Frasers Hospitality!

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