Asia celebrates the Mid-Autumn festival this Sept 19. We don’t have autumn in the tropics but the Filipino-Chinese community still honors the Harvest Moon Festival. Mooncakes are given as gifts to family and friends signifying unity and closeness. Round just like the moon also means wishing prosperity and luck.
During a gathering or after meals, a dice game of chance is played. Corresponding dice number combinations have equivalent prizes. They can be mooncakes, little tokens or extravagant gifts.
Mooncakes are made from doughs of sugar syrup, flour and lye. Fillings can be paste from lotus seeds or red azuki beans. The center is stuffed with a round salted yolk to represent the moon. The baked pastries are molded in wooden stamps with Chinese characters of different meanings.