Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrates Full Moon in Hong Kong

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The month-long lantern festival celebrates light and color. (Image: Jenny Wu)

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.

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This lantern show in Victoria Park shows the legend of the Jade Rabbit that lives on the moon with Lady Chang’e. (Image: Jenny Wu)

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Lanterns colorfully show rabbits hopping across the Milky Way. (Image: Jenny Wu)

Lantern festival in hong kong

A lantern of a beautiful but lonely lady called Chang’e, who lives on the moon. She has the Jade Rabbit to accompany her. (Image: Jenny Wu)

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This is the (Chinese) Dai ethnic lantern display, which celebrates the festival with water splashing. (Image: Jenny Wu)

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.


Mooncakes are a must for the Mid-Autumn Festival. (Image: Avery via Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0)

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.

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The fire dragon dance during 2007. (Image: Ringo C. via Flickr CC BY 2.0)

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