The Mid-Autumn Festival

26 Sep

This is one of those “lots-of-pictures'” posts because, well, the title says it all. A little background on the Mid-Autumn Festival (also called the Mooncake Festival), it’s the second biggest festival for both the Chinese and the Vietnamese (the first being the Chinese/Vietnamese New Year). The Mid-Autumn Festival is held in the 8th month on the 15th day of the Lunar Calendar during a full moon. Originally a harvest celebration, now is a bit commercial (like Christmas has become in the US). Don’t get me wrong, it was enjoyable, but under the “authenticity”, you could see the plastic sheen.

On a less-jaded note, quite a few families were there with children and by quite a few, I mean what seemed to be half the people in Hong Kong. It was packed! There were figures with traditional Chinese dress and lit-up constructions of food.

There was also lanterns. A lot of lanterns.

There was also a lit dragon at the end of the night, but it was poorly lit and I didn’t get any good pictures of it. Maybe that’s a bit of motivation to come here yourself! Also, I only got to try one kind of mooncake (pastry eaten during the holiday that has some kind of filling, usually raw egg). Maybe I could scrounge some more up this week… Anyway, next time I’ll talk about my trip to the island of Cheung Chau, so stay posted!


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