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Mid-Autumn Festival

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Background
“May we live long and share the beauty of the moon together, even if we are hundreds of miles apart,” says the romantic Chinese poem. As the round shape symbolizes unity in the Chinese culture, the full moon stirs these ancient sentiments, which are embodied in the way the Mid-Autumn Festival isf celebrated since the early Tang dynasty (618 – 907). In the past, on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month every year, families would get together to make offerings of osmanthus-flavoured wine, spherical fruits such as pears, grapes, pomegranates and of course mooncakes to the heavens, to express gratitude for a bumper harvest as well as enjoy a reunion with relatives who live far away. To many, this is considered to be one of the most important festivals of the year. Highly-urbanised Hong Kong still celebrates this holiday, and does so in style and with its characteristic penchant for fusing tradition with innovation.

Mooncakes
If you are in Hong Kong during the Mid-Autumn Festival, it will be impossible not to notice mooncakes. They are believed to have originated from Yuan dynasty (1271-1368) revolutionaries, who are said to have used the pastries to pass secret messages between each other.

Traditionally, mooncakes are infused with embedded egg yolks and lotus seed paste, but this is Hong Kong where nothing is spared a modern makeover. You can find an exciting jumble of creative fillings now to take your taste buds on a dizzying tour!

Fire Dragon Dance
When the people of Tai Hang village miraculously stopped a plague with a fire dragon dance in the 19th century, they inadvertently launched a tradition that has since become part of China’s official intangible cultural heritage. See details to behold the dramatic moon-fuelled dance!

Lantern Displays & Carnivals
Neighbourhoods across Hong Kong arrange a host of magical lantern exhibitions and carnivals in homage to the Mid-Autumn Festival. There are traditional stage shows, palm readings, game stalls, lantern riddle quizzes and many more. The grandest of all of these is held in Victoria Park on Hong Kong Island.

See details of this year’s Mid-Autumn events to take part in the celebrations steeped in rich culture.

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