What is the origin and meaning of 1 mooncake?

Mooncakes are an indispensable part of the Mid-Autumn Festival, imbued with Vietnamese people’s cultural and spiritual values ​. The round cake with a delicious, sweet flavor symbolizes family togetherness and fulfillment.

Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake Mooncakes
Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake Mooncakes

Origin of mooncake

In China

Mooncakes, a traditional cake associated with the Mid-Autumn Festival, have a delicious taste and contain a meaningful historical story. Legend has it that moon cakes originate from China, associated with the peasant uprising at the end of the Yuan Dynasty led by Zhu Yuanzhang and Liu Ba Wen.

Mooncakes originate from China
Mooncakes originate from China

To secretly transmit information and orders for the uprising, people created roundcakes. Inside each cake, they cleverly inserted a piece of paper recording the time of the uprising – at the brightest moon, which is the full moon of August. Thanks to intelligence and solidarity, the uprising was a resounding success. brought Zhu Yuanzhang to the throne and established the Ming Dynasty.

Since then, Mooncake is not simply a delicious cake but has also become a symbol of uprising, the spirit of solidarity and the wish for a prosperous and happy life.

In Vietnam

Once upon a time, there was a fairy named the Moon Lady in the sky who was very beautiful and ruled the entire moon. the Moon Lady loves children very much, so her wish is to once come to earth to play with children, but due to regulations, she is not allowed.

The other day, the Jade Emperor organized a contest “Baking cakes on the full moon day” on the occasion of the full moon of August with the fullest moon. Whoever makes the most delicious, beautiful, and unique cakes will be rewarded.

Origin of the legend of Mooncake in Vietnam
Origin of the Legend of Mooncake in Vietnam

This made the Moon Lady very excited and participated immediately. When she went down to the human world to investigate, she met Cuoi – a guy who often told lies, gathering many children in the village every night to tell gossip.

In addition to telling lies, Cuoi is very good at cooking and baking cakes for children, so Cuoi is very loved by children. Seeing that, the Moon Lady asked Cuoi to make a special cake with her. Cuoi had the idea to create a type of cake with many ingredients such as eggs, sesame, meat, sausage, lotus seeds,

Finally, the finished products of the fragrant cakes came out of the oven, and the children who ate them all said they were delicious. When the time came to return to heaven, the Moon Lady brought the above cake to participate in the contest, saying goodbye to the talented and kind Cuoi.

But because Cuoi could not bear to leave the Moon Lady, he held her hand tightly and an unexpected thing happened: he was pulled to the moon. Meanwhile, the Moon Lady also won the prize with an unnamed cake, which the Jade Emperor later named Moon Cake and granted her a wish as promised.

She wished that every full moon day of the 8th lunar month, she would be able to go down to earth with Cuoi to have fun and play with the children. The wish was accepted, and from then on the Jade Emperor also named the full moon day of August the “Mid-Autumn Festival”.

Meaning of Mooncake

Although imported to Vietnam, today’s moon cake is deeply ingrained in the minds of Vietnamese people because of its humanistic meanings.

In Vietnam, the two most popular traditional moon cakes are sticky rice cakes and grilled cakes. Each type of cake has different meanings:

The sticky rice moon cake is a symbol of reunion, the ivory white color of the cake represents the closeness of husband and wife’s love.

Baked moon cakes show that no matter how many difficulties we face and go through, there will always be relatives by our side, protecting us. The cake’s filling has a variety of salty, sweet, etc. flavors, expressing the warmth and sweetness of family love.

Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake's unique gold-covered mooncake
Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake’s unique gold-covered mooncake

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