This year’s Mid-Autumn Festival falls on October 4, with a public holiday the day after. Lights at the ready…
1) Mid-Autumn Festival is a modern celebration of a centuries-old harvest ritual. These days it’s associated with mooncakes, shining lanterns and dragon dancing.
2) The largest lantern display is in Victoria Park. Grab a lantern, or make your own, and head over for the main carnival ( 8-11pm on October 4), and Youth Night (7.30-9.30pm on October 5). Expect elaborate lantern displays, fire dragon dancing, kung fu demonstrations and folk songs.
3) Don’t miss the Fire Dragon Dance in Tai Hang to celebrate the Tai Hang villagers miraculously stopping a plague with a fire dance in the 19th century. The parade features a 67-metre long dragon and over 300 performers. It runs along Lily Street, Ormsby Street and Tung Lo Wan Road (with the best viewing at Wun Sha Street), 8.15pm, October 3, 4 & 5.
4) As with many Chinese festivals, flowers play an important role. The Osmanthus is particularly significant as its blooming season coincides with this time of year.
5) Don’t miss Museum of the Moon Exhibition by British artist Luke Jerram, featuring a giant moon at Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai. It runs until October 31.
6) Mooncakes play a significant part in festivities. The pastry-based treats are believed to have originated from 13th century revolutionaries who are said to have used the cakes to pass secret messages to each other. Mooncakes are traditionally filled with egg yolks and lotus seed paste, but these days the sky’s the limit.
Ditch the glowsticks! We don’t need any more plastic bits and bobs washing up on our beaches!
Our pick of the best
Agnes b – Select from cream cheese & egg custard; nutty chocolate; and fruity chocolate – from $190 for a two-piece box.
Haagen Dazs – A huge range of ice-cream filled treats – Star comes with four character-decorated cakes, including two chocolate, one summer berries and one vanilla, and a Winnie the Pooh cooler bag, $268.
Starbucks- Three sweet flavours, including Vanilla Custard, Earl Grey Tea Mochi and Caramel Lava & Coffee.
Maxim’s – Maxim’s has teamed up with Marvel and Disney to bring you Iron Man (green tea & red bean); Spider Man (egg custard); and Minnie and Daisy (fruit flavoured snowy mooncakes) – all come in a specially designed tin, Marvel $198/box, Disney $98/box.