The Malaysian Chinese are set to celebrate the Mooncake Festival (a.k.a. Lantern Festival a.k.a. Mid-Autumn Festival), which falls on Sept 25 this year (or the 15th day of the 8th lunar month).
In celebration of that (boy, we Malaysians love to partay, huh?) the K-popped! Trio has dusted off their lanterns and are happily toting it about the site (check out our masthead). Oh, and Rooster, where on earth did you get that piece of mooncake? Share! Share!
Mooncakes are also called “reunion cake” and the sweet confectionery is usually eaten throughout the month before the actual festival day. The yummy treat also makes a meaningful gift to friends and family.
On the days leading up to the festival, children would usually carry lanterns in all shapes and sizes in the evenings. These days, the kids tote about battery operated lanterns – they don’t burn up or burn out…so not fun. Playing with fire was one of the best things during the festival. Eh, Orchid and Rooster?
The bearing of lanterns and the origin of mooncakes date back to a 14th century revolt by the Chinese against the Mongols. In 1376, the Chinese overthrew the Yuan (Mongol) dynasty (1280-1376) in an uprising hatched by lantern-bearing messengers who delivered mooncakes with hidden messages.