Mid-Autumn Festival

One of the favorite festivals for Chinese families is the Mid-Autumn Festival which falls on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. The festival celebrates the reunion of families and the harvest moon and happens to be on the 30th of September this year.  It is one of the most colourful festivals in the year when children carry their colourful paper lanterns around, families gather together and eat “moon cakes” which are made of ground lotus and sesame seed paste and egg yolk as well as star fruit and persimmons, people “appreciate” the big bright moon and solve riddles attached to paper lanterns.

Gratefully I was here in Hong Kong celebrating this lovely festival with my family, a simple but warm pleasure I will always remember and cherish.

Colourful paper lanterns sold in street stores.
A big paper lantern on display at the Victoria Park in Hong Kong, the biggest public park in Hong Kong Island.
Appreciating the night view of Hong Kong from the Victoria Peak (picture courtesy of Jae-Won Kim; mine was too shabby and does not do the CNN-rated world’s #1 skyline any justice !)

4 thoughts on “Mid-Autumn Festival

  1. Beautiful autumn festival! So colorful – so cheerful! I think worldwide there is a festival dedicated to autumn and its riches!
    In my country there is such a festival!
    Have a wonderful day! All the best to be for you! 🙂

    1. Thanks for liking the post and your comments. The lanterns are really colourful and pleasing – great for photo shots. The families over there just love this festival.

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