Mid-Autumn Festival, which takes place on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, commemorates the year’s fullest and most abundant Moon. It is also referred to as the Mooncake Festival, and is a day of the year when families come together to enjoy reunion dinners, light paper lanterns, and eat mooncake.
This year, the Mid-Autumn Festival takes place on September 10th. In celebration of this traditional festival, families often offer each other gifts for reunion dinners. Let’s talk about some simple but great gifts to prepare for your loved ones this Mooncake Festival, and to share in the spirit of the festivities!
Mooncake – The #1 Staple Gift
Mooncakes are a must-have during the Mid-Autumn Festival! Families and friends are accustomed to giving each other mooncakes, commonly wrapped in exquisite gift packaging. Definitely a go-to idea if you don’t know what else to get for your loved ones this festive season.
Some classic flavours of mooncakes include lotus, red bean paste, black sesame and five-kernal filling. In recent decades, mooncake-making has taken on a more adventurous turn, with fillings such as matcha, meat floss, salted egg, even nasi lemak and sambal!
Regardless of your preference for mooncake flavours, they make a splendid gift regardless.
Tea – To Enjoy With Mooncakes
Older generations commonly brewed Chinese tea to pair with their mooncakes to balance out the sweetness of the pastry. It also doubled as a drink to serve guests such as family and friends who visited for the Mid-Autumn Festival.
If you know you’re visiting someone who already has plenty of mooncakes, you may bring along some tea. While Chinese tea has always been the staple drink, you may pair a mooncake with tea flavours like chamomile, jasmine, or even green tea. Check out our sister Simply Hamper for the perfect tea gift set in Singapore!
Hairy Crab – A Delicacy!
The hairy crab originates from Shanghai, and is also called the Chinese mitten crab due to its furry claws. It’s a medium-sized crab that is only in season for two months of the year, and yes, you guessed it – it’s the ninth and tenth months of the lunar calendar.
Due to its reclusive nature, the hairy crab only migrates during this season, and are then extensively hunted and exported as a gourmet delicacy. It has tender meat and high nutritional value, and its roe is creamy and buttery.
It’s a luxurious Mid-Autumn Festival dish, and sure to impress the family! If you’re looking for something a little more exquisite this year, this is your go-to gift.
Fruit Hampers – The Healthy Choice
Fruit hampers make a perfect gift for any occasion, and that includes Mid-Autumn Festival with your loved ones. After a hearty meal and sweet mooncakes for dessert, top it off with some fresh seasonal fruit!
Pears, grapes, grapefruits, and pomegranates are the most popular fruits, as they are at the peak of their season. Here’s a fun fact – eating a pear during the Mid-Autumn Festival indicates that the family will not be separated.
Check out our friends over at FlowernBalloon SG for a quality fruit hamper! Their best-selling Feast of Colours comes with an abundance of fruit wrapped in an exquisite hamper, with a customisable balloon to boot.
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival From Simply Blooms to You!
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If you’re in the market for other gift hampers, shoutout to our sister Simply Hamper for some of the best hamper gifts in Singapore. Don’t miss out!