Chinese Pastries 2
Special Chinese pastries are produced and consumed during festivals and are seasonal in its production. The most well known, most popular and with the most variation is probably the Moon cake茂录艗consumed during the Mid Autumn festival茂录艗on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month between September to October. Such pastries serve as food and as time markers during the course of a year.
Another example is the Nian Gao, New year cake, consumed during the Chinese New Year.
Some pastries are event related and available during most parts of the year. They are used as gifts, or during ceremonies to celebrate socially significant events like marriages, birth of a new child, birthdays, deaths and even job promotions. Pastries are also used as props during lion dance performance.