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Mid-Autumn (中秋節) is on the 15th day of the
8th lunar month in the Chinese calendar.
Huge lanterns are on displayed in Hong Kong main parks such
as Kowloon Park, Victoria Park.
On this day, families gather and have a big meal
During Mid Autumn festival, there are activities in parks such as
Chinese music and dance, folk songs and golden oldies, theatrical performances,
nostalgic games, lantern quiz, fortune-telling and lantern display.
Following the tradition, Victoria and Kowloon parks always host a spectacular
Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival is a time when families take colourful lanterns
to parks, beaches and hilltops and spend the evening gazing at the full moon.
Moon cakes are a traditional food at Mid-Autumn festival.
One of the main activities of the festival is viewing the moon. It is
believed that that at that time of the year the full month is the biggest
People have early dinner so they can
go outside to look at the moon.
Children love this festival because they can parade around with their
Families parties picnicking quietly on the ground, lighting small
candles and eating moon cakes.
Lighting candles on the ground is now forbidden.
The kids burn the candles just for fun during every mid-autumn festival.
The originally purpose of candles is for illuminating lantern.
The kids first melt the candles and heat it until all the wax goes
on fire suddently at the flash point. This game is called 'boil the wax'. This game is now forbidden
by the Government since a few years because it is actually quite dangerous.
The huge pagoda lantern is the centre piece surrounded by more lanterns
shaped as birds and flowers.
Each year, there is a beautiful different set up of lanterns
displayed in Hong Kong parks.
Lotus, dragons, fishes, Chinese zodiac animals are eternal favorites.
These Lantern Carnivals also occur spontaneously on most of
Hong Kong's beaches. Teens gather together on the beaches.
Beautiful display of lanterns and lighted panels in Victoria Park
for Mid-Autumn festival.
These Lantern Carnivals happen in many areas in HK SAR territory including
Sai Kung area.
Lanterns are an essential part of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Lanterns of all shapes and sizes are for sale everywhere.
Nowadays lanterns have traditional shapes like fish or Chinese lamps but also
everything from Minnie Mouse to spaceships, and lit with battery-powered bulbs.
There is also a fire dragon in Pokfulam village.
It is bowing to certain shrines in the village.
Huge banner during Mid Autumn festival on Staunton Street.