Moon cakes are integral to the Mid-Autumn festival, symbolizing the moon and imprinted with wishes. I like some flavors of moon cake better than others (Red bean? Delicious. Abalone? Not my favorite...) Gifting family, friends, and business acquaintances is ubiquitous and expected. I like the tradition becomes moon cakes can be inexpensive enough that everyone has a chance to give and receive.
Want to celebrate the moon festival this week? Moon cakes are likely available at your local Chinese market or grocery store. And cook up (or order in) some duck, pumpkin dishes, and for the adventurous - snails and more abalone.