The Mooncake Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival in Malaysia

By | August 31, 2012

The Mooncake Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival in Malaysia

The Mooncake Festival in Kuala Lumpur is hold in September, a eighth month of a year. Now before we cruise I’ve been eating too most mooncake or jubilee too most moonshine, let me tell we why.

It’s simple. The Chinese New Year starts in Feb so Sep is not indeed a ninth month on a Malaysian timetable. But whatever your calendar is, it’s a gorgeous spectacle, generally during night when a city lights are complemented by a charming paper lanterns of all shapes, sizes and colours displayed outward homes and shops or in travel parades.

Incense coils are a common steer around Malaysia utterly in districts such as Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown. Pic: Joanne Lane

Incense coils are a common steer around Malaysia utterly in districts such as Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown. Pic: Joanne Lane

The festival is distinguished to weigh a finish of a harvesting deteriorate yet it also celebrates a overpower of a Mongol warlords in ancient China. Here we’ll have to take behind in time to 1280 AD to explain. This is when a Mongols overthrew a Soong dynasty in China and imposed a Yuan dynasty in China.

Why is this critical in Malaysia we might good ask? Well there are a lot of Chinese in Malaysia and until utterly recently they were a largest racial group. Even yet they aren’t any more, that honour belongs to a Malays themselves, Chinese festivals are distinguished with gusto. In fact in multi-ethnic Malaysia festivals of all traditions are distinguished including those of Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist and Christian origins.

Today lanterns form a large partial of a celebration, as they are to remind a people of a time they used lanterns as their usually source of light. Kids in sold adore this aspect of a festival and are mostly seen roaming around with lanterns in a figure of animals. In Malaysia this sold eventuality is mostly called a Lantern Parade. There are also lantern parades during a Chinese New Year celebrations, so if we see any such march advertised only cruise what time of year it is. If it’s around Feb it’s Chinese New Year, if not it could good be partial of a Mooncake or Mid-Autumn Festival.

One of a best displays of Mooncake Festival lanterns is a Thean Hou Temple on Robson Hill. In 2011 a lantern march was hold during Central Market in Chinatown.

The best bit about a festival is of march what we get to eat. The turn mooncakes are honeyed or delectable and mostly given by younger Chinese to their seniors as an try to benefit favour. Eating mooncakes in a marketplace place is a delight; satirical by crunchy fritter into red beans, ham or tawny egg yolk. Some are also honeyed with chocolate and cinnamon flavours. Others have a clearly Malaysian turn with pandan leaves and durian inside – eek some of we will no doubt say!

Mooncakes. Pic: misbehave (Moon Cakes  Uploaded by Atlaslin)

Mooncakes. Pic: misbehave (Moon Cakes Uploaded by Atlaslin)

The best place to eat them in Kuala Lumpar is Jalan Petaling in Chinatown where eateries arrangement them in brightly phony boxes.

While we might not be astounded that mooncakes are round, their figure represents a togetherness of a family to a Chinese. So in Malaysia a Chinese applaud a festival with family gatherings and prayers.

There’s some tradition to this. In Chinese Halika and Foochow families a oldest women lead a prayers during a impulse when a full moon appears. Before we eat a mooncake they are initial offering on altars to deities with a prevalent lighting of joss sticks, red candles and a blazing of golden joss paper. Thirty mins after a eating begins.

Another Chinese festival that is really renouned around Malaysia is a Festival of a Hungry Ghost.

If we skip a Mooncake Festival this year, Malaysia has a resources of open holidays and special holidays. There are 44 open holidays any year mostly formed on a Muslim calendar or a Hindu and Chinese calendars.

Guandi Temple in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur. Pic: Joanne Lane.

Guandi Temple in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur. Pic: Joanne Lane.

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