World celebrations are one of the key drivers of the bakery products market and the competition for creating sought-after items for sharing and gifting is fierce!
From decadent Hot Cross Buns, to delicate Mooncakes, baked items are at the heart of many celebrations and religious holidays. Symbolising gratitude, offering hope for the year ahead or carrying a myriad of other traditional symbols, we examine six world celebrations where baked treats take centre stage.
Mooncake Festival – October 1st, 2020
The mid-autumn festival, also known as the Mooncake festival, is celebrated by many different East and Southeast Asian people. Families gather for dinner, lighting paper lanterns under the moon and most importantly, gift and eat mooncakes. Mooncakes have a rich thick filling usually made from red bean, nuts or lotus paste that may wrap around a salted duck yolk and is surrounded by a golden-brown crust.
Diwali Festival – November 14th, 2020
November is Diwali, a Hindu religious festival that lasts for five days based on the cycle of the moon. The word Diwali means “rows of lights” in the ancient language of India. Illuminating the city with candles and lamps, it is to worship Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and wealth. Samosa is a traditional Indian snack that is commonly eaten during the Diwali festival. Samosas are small pockets of pastry, usually shaped in a triangle, stuffed with minced meat, spices, lentils and other vegetables.
Christmas – December 25th, 2020
Christmas is just around the corner where families gather together to open gifts, observe Christian traditions and celebrate over lunch or dinner. Christmas pudding also known as plum pudding is traditionally served and is traditionally composed of thirteen ingredients to symbolise Jesus and the twelve Apostles. In Australia and New Zealand, it’s also common to enjoy pavlova, a meringue dessert with crisp crust that is topped with fruit and whipped cream.
Chinese New Year – February 12th, 2021
Chinese New Year is a festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year based on the lunar calendar. The seven-day holiday is comprised of decorations, reunion, fireworks, firecrackers and the giving of red envelopes. A steamed New Year cake called Nian gao is one of the most popular desserts as it symbolises a higher income, growth of children and a promise of a better year. It is a sweet rice cake made from glutinous rice flour, starch, water and sugar.
Passover – March 27th, 2021
Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew is one of the Jewish religion’s most sacred and widely observed holidays. It is a celebration of Spring, birth and rebirth of a journey from slavery to freedom. The Passover meal known as Seder is about remembering the Jewish history. Matzo is usually consumed during Passover. It is unleavened bread made from flour and water that is continually mixed together leaving no time for the bread to rise.
Easter – April 4th, 2021
Easter is a festival or holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Hot Cross Buns are usually consumed during this time. These spiced sweet buns are usually made with sultanas or chocolate chips, marked with a cross on the top and traditionally eaten on Good Friday. The bun marks the end of Lent, the crosses represent the crucifixion of Jesus, and the spices inside signify Christ’s burial.
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