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Mooncake is a Chinese delicacy traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival which usually falls around September. The festival is for lunar worship and moon gazing, when mooncakes are regarded as an important delicacy. Mooncakes are offered between friends or on family gatherings while celebrating the festival. It is most commonly presented as a gift item. The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the very important Chinese festivals, on top of Chinese New Year and Dragon Boat festival.
Typical mooncakes are round or rectangular pastries, measuring about 10 cm in diameter and 4–5 cm thick. Its filling is made from lotus seed paste or red bean paste is surrounded by a 2–3 mm crust and may contain yolks from salted duck eggs.
Mooncakes are usually eaten in small wedges accompanied by Chinese tea. Today, it is customary for businessmen and families to present them to their clients or relatives as gifts.
These days, mooncakes come in various flavors such as cream cheese, chicken floss, tiramisu, green tea, durian, chocolate, mango, etc.