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Mid Autumn Festival in Penang


The Mid Autumn Festival commonly known in Malaysia as the Moon Cake and Lantern Festival falls on 3rd October 2009 this year. Numerous version of stories have been told of this festival and the most popular is about the beautiful lady Chang-O being immortalize on the moon. The Chinese community offer prayers to celebrate this festival with moon cakes, pomelo and mini yams. 

In Penang, there are many shops selling moon cakes. This delicacy comes with many different types of sweeten fillings of red bean and lotus seed while the assorted nut moon cake has fillings of almonds, melon seeds, walnuts and dried winter melon. All varieties comes with and without salted egg yolk. 


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Most children love the moon biscuit (kong chai pang) that comes in the shape of loveable animals. The taste and texture of the biscuits packed in cute little colorful cages are similar to the outer crust of the moon cakes.

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Cute little girl waiting for her moon biscuit

Besides the moon cakes, lantern plays an important part in this festival. Traditional and modern lanterns are sold in most places around Georgetown. The traditional ones are made of transparent colorful polythene foil (glass paper) and candle-lighted whereas the modern ones are mostly electrically lighted by batteries. They come in all shapes and sizes, with the more popular shapes of goldfish, dragon, chicken and butterfly.

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This is another type of lantern...
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Zac Teo

Zac Teo

Zac Teo is a Penang boy, being born and raised on this island. A music lover that always seeks new music to enjoy along with his daily dose of coffee; he loves traveling, exploring and also hunting for the latest food around the island. His penchant on writing about his beloved island led to him starting up Penang365.com in 2015.

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