The Chinese Moon Festival usually takes place on the 15th
day of the eight lunar months (in September or October). The Mid-Autumn
Festival is held in honor of the Moon Goddess which is believed to have been
born on that date.
was said that the great Han Dynasty emperor Wu Di initiated a three-day
celebration to worship the autumn moon. Many, however, argue that the
festival, in fact, originated around 1368 during the Mongol’s domination of
China. The cake was made to hide a secret message of the rebellion to tell
people across the country of a large gathering during the eight lunar
months. The Mongol army was not aware of the rebellious purpose and thought
that the cakes were an old tradition. Therefore, they were defeated that
night. After the new Ming Dynasty was set up, the practice has been carried
on till these days to express gratitude to the Moon Goddess on the full moon
night of the eight lunar months.
At Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, Chef Jovi Chan has created
this Chinese delicacy in a form of a mini-sized moon cake with such
ingredients as Chinese jujube paste, black sesame paste, Green Tea paste,
Coffee paste, Durian paste, and Cream custard paste. These moon cakes come
in a festive 8 pieces box set at the price of Baht 350 net per box.
Available from 1 August until 18 September 2006 at Fujian Chinese
Restaurant and The Oriental Shop at Kad Dhara Shopping Village, Mandarin
Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai. Call now to order at 053 888 888 ext 8834
to ensure that you won’t miss a chance to celebrate this auspicious