The moon cake is round, symbolizing reunion and meaning reunion. It reflects people's good wishes for family reunion.
It is said that eating moon cakes on the Mid Autumn Festival began in the Yuan Dynasty. At that time, the majority of people in the Central Plains could not bear the cruel rule of the ruling class of the Yuan Dynasty, and they revolted against the Yuan Dynasty.
Zhu Yuanzhang united all rebel forces to prepare for the uprising. However, the court officers and soldiers searched very closely, and it was very difficult to pass on information.
The military adviser Liu Bowen came up with a plan and ordered his subordinates to hide the note of the "August 15th Uprising" in the cake, and then sent people to send it to the uprising troops in different places,
Tell them to respond to the uprising on the evening of August 15. On the day of the uprising, all the rebel troops responded together.
Soon, Xu Da captured Yuan Dadu and the uprising was successful. When the news came, Zhu Yuanzhang was so happy that he quickly passed on an oral order to let all the officers and soldiers enjoy the coming Mid Autumn Festival with the people. He also gave the "moon cake", which was used to secretly convey information when the army started, to the officials as a seasonal cake. Since then, the production of "moon cakes" has become more sophisticated and more diversified. Later, the custom of eating moon cakes on the Mid Autumn Festival spread among the people.
The moon cake symbolizes reunion, which should have started in the Ming Dynasty. If we synthesize the information about moon cakes and Mid Autumn Festival folk customs in the Ming Dynasty, we can see the historical track of the reunion of moon cakes: after the Mid Autumn Festival, the whole family sat around and shared the moon cakes and fruits (offerings). Because the moon cake is also round and shared by the family, it gradually formed the meaning that the moon cake represents family reunion.
We wish you a happy Mid Autumn Festival and a happy reunion!