Saturday, October 3, 2009

Mid-Autumn Festival

Today, Chinese across the world celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. I just got home from a potluck party, so I will let my photos do the talking.

A kind lady gave my children these earlier in the afternoon:

Traditional Piglet Biscuits (豬仔餅). Besides mooncakes, the other 2 things that are commonly eaten during this Festival are these Piglet Biscuits and pomelos.

They come in colourful plastic "baskets", which is why they are also referred to as Piglet Cage Biscuits (猪笼餅). The Chinese characters on the basket say "Mid-Autumn". As a child, I used to keep the baskets and recycle them as "handbags" for my dolls ;)

Aren't they cute? I don't like the taste though. I just like to look at them, and the same can be said of my kids. These biscuits are made using mooncake dough.

Butt shot. Sorry, couldn't resist ;) I think the pig tail is adorable!!

My kids were so amused by them :)

Later in the evening, many of the neighbours gathered at the community hall for a potluck party. It was lanterns galore!

I live in a condominium and although there are many neighbours within the estate, it doesn't mean you get to meet/know everyone of them. Such get-togethers are perfect occasions to make new friends, and ...

... to find new teachers (for cooking)! People were busy looking for food, I was busy asking "who cooked what?" Most ladies pointed me to Aunty M, who "is an excellent cook". I gave her my telephone number and told her to please, please call me the next time she is cooking something special. She laughed, and immediately shared with me 2 recipes verbally. I guess I must have appeared very enthusiastic ;)

After eating, the kids went on their lantern walk. The light drizzle had stopped, and the air was cool and crisp. Lovely night for the kids to run about. My son handled his lantern very carefully. Last year, I could not bring him for the lantern walk as I had just given birth to my youngest.

My neighbours and their lovely lanterns. A slight digression: I noticed that Daddies were toting DSLRs while Mommies were using Point-and-Shoots ;)

My daughter preferred to play with sparklers. I loved playing with them as a child!

And er, that's me with my lantern. Who's to say adults can't have fun too? I did the lantern walk just like I did so many years ago. It's great to re-live my childhood through my children.

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, everyone!

If you enjoyed reading this post, you may like to read my previous post on mooncakes too.


  1. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to you too! The piglet cage biscuit was my childhood favourite. I ate it because it looked very attractive to me. Hehehe!

  2. happy festival to you... But how can I get pig biscuit molds in Kansas???

  3. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to you and your family!
    I have never seen a piglet cage biscuit before, they look so interesting!
    Angie's Recipes

  4. Love your latern! Reminds me when I was a kid :) 中秋节快乐!

  5. Joyeuses fêtes, j'aime beaucoup connaître les rites d'autres pays, merci pour ce partage

  6. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to you ! Che belle le foto foto della festa e che simpatici queoi dolcetti.
    ciao Daniela.

  7. I love seeing and reading about your customs..I think I have a lantern or 2:)

    Those baskets w/ the cookies are so cute..

    Ju..I met an 82 yr old lady today in the grocery store on my way to see a client.. she told me she once owned a "resto gastronomique":) she was buying oysters on the half shell for she and her daughter..she has invited me to her home:)

    I am promising myself to go:)

    Love your post..!

  8. ooh.. i love the piglet biscuits.. do you happen to have a recipe for them?

  9. Happy belated mid-autumn festival. Huh, I remember those little piglet biscuits. When we were kids, we really looked forward to munching of this. Even though it's just flour, we didn't care!

  10. What a nice night you had! So enjoyable! I spent my mid autumn festival night sleeping, hahahaha.

    BEAUTIFUL photos as usual! Where did you learn photos taking?

  11. Happy Mid-Autumn festival! Ooo. Those piglet biscuits look so adorable!

  12. Happy Mid-Autum festival to you, too! It seems like such a wonderful way to usher in a new season - I wish we had something simmilar. Also, I wouldn't mind having a caged pig cookie ;-)

  13. Happy Belated Mid Autumn festival to you and your family. Those little piggies cookies are so cute. The last time I had one of those must be 20 years ago.

  14. Ju, happy mooncake festival..glad to hear you and the kids had a good time. I remmeber making lanterns as a child for some reason and they we fun! and sparklers too!

  15. This post is making me so home sick. Can't remember when was the last time I had those piggy biscuits. What a great post. Happy belated mid autumn festival to you!

  16. Hey cute basket ! Nowadays we hardly can find those cute pig basket anymore.

  17. What fun Little T.!
    Wonderful post!

  18. The 豬仔餅 looks so cute! Your kids must have a great time for the mooncake festival... so much food to savour! Awesome post!

  19. glad to read that you had a fun mid autumns day celebration. And so smart of you to give your phone number to the "shi fu" hehe

  20. Hi friends, I am glad you all liked this post :) I had a great Mid-Autumn evening, and I just wanted to share with with everyone! Cheers!

  21. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival...glad you had a good time and thanks for taking us along! Isn't it wonderful to relive youth through our children?

    Can't wait to see how Auntie M's recipes work out!


  22. aww I miss celebrating mis-autumn in-laws brought us a lot of mooncakes =)