According to legend,the Mid-Autumn festival to eat moon cakes can be traced back to the zhou dynasty,from our national worship on a ceremony,can be said to be a manifestation of natural fetism.Mooncakes were originally used to offer sacrifices to the god of the moon.Later,people began to appreciate the moon and taste mooncakes on the Mid-Autumn festival.As a symbol of family reunion,mooncakes gradually became festival gifts.
Mooncakes have a long history in our country.According to historical records,as early as in the Yin and zhou dynasties,there was a kind of thin border and thick heart in the area of jiangsu and zhejiang in memory of the great teacher wen zhong"tai shi cake",which is the"ancestor"of Chinese moon cakes.During the han dynasty,when zhang qian was on a diplomatic mission to the western regions,he introduced sesame seeds and walnuts,which added supplementary materials to the mooncake production.At this time,a round cake with walnut kernel as the filling appeared,known as"hu cake".
In the tang dynasty,the folk already engaged in the production of cake,the capital chang'an also began to appear cake shop.It is said that on the night of the Mid-Autumn festival,when tang xuanzong and Yang guifei were enjoying the moon and eating hu cakes,tang xuanzong was displeased with the name"hu cakes".Yang guifei looked up at the bright moon and blurted out"moon cakes".From then on,the name of"moon cakes"gradually spread among the people.
The royal Mid-Autumn festival in the northern song dynasty liked to eat a kind of"palace cake",commonly known as"small cake","moon ball".Su dongpo has a poem:"small cake such as chew on the month,there are crisp and happy."
As to why mooncakes are eaten during the Mid-Autumn festival,folk tales are more colorful,ranging from myths to historical stories.