The Moon Festival, also called Mid-Autumn Festival is an Asian tradition that dates back to over 1300 years ago. It’s the most important festival in Asia after the New Year. Yet, it remains rather unknown in France. In mid-Autumn, on the 8th month of the lunar calendar, the 15th day is the day the moon is the brightest.
It’s on this occasion that Chinese people join their families to get out and admire this famous full moon while chatting and enjoy the famous moon cake, these round and magnificently made cakes filled with sweet filling: fruit, cantaloupe seeds or lotus, walnuts or adzuki….
There are many legends about where the Moon Festival and its cakes come from. The most popular one says that the Moon Festival celebrate the victory of China over Mongolia in 1368. On the occasion, Chinese hid papers in cakes naming the day of the attack and secretly gave them over to their fellow countrymen. Mongols don’t eat sweet cake and the trick is said to have worked wonders.
The Moon Festival is held on September 13 and Moon Cakes are now available in Asian stores and specialized patisseries. To enjoy them, head to Tang Frères or Chinese patisseries in Paris 13th arrondissement, avenue d’Ivry or avenue de Choisy.
As for Paris, here’s the program:
Moon Festival 2019 in Paris 3rd arrondissement
Traditional Chinese festival, the Moon Festival is celebrated in Paris 3rd arrondissement too. On September 18, 2019, entertainments and tasting sessions of the famous moon cake await you.
Moon Festival 2019 in Paris 13th arrondissement
The Moon Festival – this traditional Chinese festival – is celebrated in Paris too, in the Chinese district set in 13th arrondissement. From September 9 to 20, 2019, come along and share Chinese culture with the newest edition of the Asian music festival including concerts, entertainments and meetings.
A Moon Festival 2019 special menu at Peninsula Paris
Traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival is celebrated at Peninsula Paris from September 10 to 14, 2019.