The pomelo’s spherical shape signifies the full moon, while its pronunciation in Chinese is identical to the word for “bless”. Photo: Ullstein Bild via Getty Images
The pomelo’s spherical shape signifies the full moon, while its pronunciation in Chinese is identical to the word for “bless”. Photo: Ullstein Bild via Getty Images
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Mid-Autumn Festival food like mooncakes, pomelo and lotus root all have auspicious meanings behind them – here are a few explained

  • The pronunciation of ‘pomelo’ in Chinese is identical to the word for ‘bless’, while taro spoken in certain dialects sounds similar to ‘good luck is coming’
  • Mooncake pastry encloses a filling of ingredients auspicious in name or form, including lotus seed paste and salted duck egg yolk

The pomelo’s spherical shape signifies the full moon, while its pronunciation in Chinese is identical to the word for “bless”. Photo: Ullstein Bild via Getty Images
The pomelo’s spherical shape signifies the full moon, while its pronunciation in Chinese is identical to the word for “bless”. Photo: Ullstein Bild via Getty Images
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