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Mid Autumn Day China
26-26 September
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Chinese people celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival with dances, feasting and moon gazing. While baked goods are a common feature at most Chinese celebrations, moon cakes are inextricably linked with the Moon festival.

One type of traditional moon cake is filled with lotus seed paste. Roughly the size of a human palm, these moon cakes are quite filling, meant to be cut diagonally in quarters and passed around. This explains their rather steep price. A word of caution the salty yolk in the middle, representing the full moon, is an acquired taste. More elaborate versions of moon cakes contain four egg yolks representing the four phases of the moon. Besides lotus seed paste, other traditional fillings include red bean paste and black bean paste. Unfortunately for dieters, moon cakes are rather high in calories. While in the past moon cakes took up to four weeks to make, automation has speeded up the process considerably. Today, moon cakes may be filled with everything from dates, nuts, and fruit to Chinese sausages. More exotic creations include green tea moon cakes, and ping pei or snow skin moon cakes, a Southeast Asian variation made with cooked glutinous rice flour. Haagen-Daz has even gotten into the act by introducing a line of ice cream moon cakes in Asian markets.

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