The Mid-Autumn Festival is the second largest traditional Chinese celebration after the Lunar New Year. The festival is celebrated on 15th August in accordance with the lunar calendar when the moon is believed to be the fullest and brightest. This year, it will be held on 15th September (western calendar). So why not plan a trip to Hong Kong to explore the uniqueness of this ancient festival this September? Now, let’s take look at what Hong Kong has in store for us this coming Mid-Autumn Festival celebration.
Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance
The Fire The Dragon Dance started in 1880 when Tai Hang was a small Hakka village of farmers and fishermen on the waterfront of Causeway Bay. People of Tai Hang began performing a dragon dance to stop a run of bad luck afflicting their village. More than a century later, their village has been swallowed up by Hong Kong’s urbanized city, but the dragon keeps on dancing. It takes about 300 performers and 70000 incense sticks to recreate this ancient three-day dance with the 67-meter-long fire dragon. Join the excited local spectators lining the backstreets of Tai Hang as the dance reaches the final destination of Urban Mid-Autumn Festival in Victoria Park.
A Moonlit Night In The Fairyland
Date: 15 September 2016
Venue: Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
Directions: MTR Causeway Bay Station, Exit E. Or MTR Tin Hau Station, Exit A2
A notable part of celebrating the holiday is carrying brightly lit lanterns, lighting lanterns on towers or floating sky lanterns. The Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Carnivals in Hong Kong take place in many parts of the territory and runs for a few days before and after the festival. The grandest of all lantern displays is at Victoria Park where city crowds bask in their ambient glow. The grand display is chosen during an annual lantern competition. The 2011 display made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest sculpture made of lanterns.
Moon Gazing Along the Cultural Center Waterfront Promenade
Date: 15-16 September 2016
Time: after 8pm to midnight
Venue: West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade
Direction: MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit E
During the Mid-Autumn Festival, people in Hong Kong like to engage in an activity called “Seung Yuet,” that is, “appreciating the moon”. This is achieved by locating a vantage point with a clear view of the moon and gazing at it. Why not join locals along the Cultural Center Waterfront Promenade next Thursday evening to gaze at the fullest moon of the year? You can also enjoy the night scenery of brightly lit skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island, and will definitely have a unique experience by enjoying the good cheer and chatting with tourists and locals alike while admiring the moon.
Snow Skin Mooncake
If you are in Hong Kong during the Mid-Autumn Festival, it will be impossible to not notice all the promotions across the city featuring mooncakes. In Chinese culture, a round shape symbolizes completeness and reunion. Snow skin mooncakes are a non-baked good which was developed by a bakery in Hong Kong, because the traditional ones were made with salted duck egg yolks and lotus seed paste, resulting in very high sugar and oil content. Snow skin mooncakes can be filled with a variety of things such as mung bean paste, fruit, jam, sesame, green tea and other flavored fillings, resulting in some extremely flavourful and unique confectioneries!.
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