Mid-Autumn: The Mooncake Festival

The 15th day of September marks the second most celebrated festival among the Chinese people. It is the time of the year when families come together for a night of merriment and laughter while eating mooncakes, lighting lanterns, and offering their thanks to the gods and the moon.

Traditional beliefs claim that full moon represents prosperity, unity, luck, and harmony. Behind these symbolisms are folklores that speak tales of love and sacrifice that somehow also inspired this special day.

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One of these tales is about a woman named Chang’e, who ascended to the heavens after drinking a powerful elixir to protect her husband, the great warrior Hou Yi, from another warrior jealous of Hou Yi’s prowess. Chang’e’s love for Hou Yi drew her towards the moon — the only place in heaven where she could be closest to the husband she left on earth. Out of his love for his wife, Hou Yi, began to offer food as sacrifices to Chang’e. Not long after, people learned about the couple’s fate and soon started their own offerings to the goddess of the moon for good luck and peace.

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Over the years, the Mid-Autumn Festival has become a popular celebration that brings families together. And other than mooncakes, lanterns, and worshipping the moon, giving gifts has also become a part of the tradition.

Although food, especially mooncakes, is a popular gift of choice, you can make yours even more special and meaningful with these gift ideas:


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Four Teas Gift – Historic Royal Palaces Collection by Harney & Sons
International shipping weight – 1.5 kg

Like mooncakes, tea is also a staple in the Mid-Autumn feast. A cup of tea goes perfectly with the sweet mooncakes and also has a lot of health benefits. This collection from the Historic Royal Palaces includes 4 of the most popular flavors (Tower of London Blend, Green Tea with Coconut, Ginger & Vanilla, Hot Cinnamon Spice, and African Autumn).


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Black Walnut Wood Coasters Set of 4 by Timber Green Woods
International shipping weight – 0.5 kg

Set your tea and coffee cups on these hand-sanded wooden coasters! You can also personalize this set by having it custom-engraved.


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Wooden Mooncake Mold by Gourmet Sleuth
International shipping weight – 0.5 kg

Make your own mooncakes using this traditional mold or go for a fun and cute version with this cartoon character set below. Don’t know how to make one? You can get the recipe here!

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Pink Mooncake Decoration Mold by Atalanta honesttrade
International shipping weight – 0.5 kg


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Moonlight Set from Hearth Song
International shipping weight – 1.5 kg

Bring the moonlit night to your room with this moon-shaped lamp. You can set it in color-morphing mode or select one of the 7 hues.


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White Sisal Bunny Decor by Pottery Barn Kids
International shipping weight – 8 kg

The story of the moon rabbit or jade rabbit is another popular folklore related to the Mid-Autumn Festival. According to the legend, a rabbit sacrificed itself by jumping into the fire so it can feed three hungry, old people. The three, however, were immortals pretending to be humans. Moved by the act, the immortals turned the rabbit into a jade rabbit that became a companion of the Moon Goddess, Chang’e.

Remember the story of a rabbit’s kindness with these bunnies from Pottery Barn Kids! This can be a perfect gift for your loved ones or to yourself.

 


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Vintage Chinese Lanterns by A Lot of Life and Love
International shipping weight – 5 kg

The Mooncake Festival is not complete without colorful lanterns! Bring this decorative piece to your home as a symbol of luck and prosperity. You can also create your own like this beautiful paper lantern designed with magazine and newspaper cutouts.

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Enjoy celebrating with your family!


 

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