The Mid-Autumn Festival is a charming and colorful annual event that celebrates the fullest and brightest moon of the year.
The celebration falls on September 15 this year. Traditionally, the festival closely involved the following activities in Hong Kong on September 27, 2015:
1. Month-long lantern displays with themes are held from September to October. It is a family outing to watch lantern shows in parks.
2. Eat moon cakes under the moonlight: Many families bring their children to parks at night, sit down with candles, and eat mooncake, while watching the bright moon.
3. Another Hong Kong tradition is to witness the fire dragon dance during this festival. The custom first started when the folks of Tai Hang village paraded and stopped a plague with joss sticks on a dragon-shaped display back in the 19th century.
This tradition was later inscribed onto the Third National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.