Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the grandest celebrations in Hong Kong and China. As the full moon symbolizes unity in Chinese culture, every year for this one night, families and friends gather together for lantern carnivals, fire dragon dances, moon watching (with mooncakes of course!), and dinner with their loved ones. Here’s how Hong Kong celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival.
- Mooncakes. By far the most representative tradition of Mid-Autumn festival. It’s a symbol of family reunion, and the cake is traditionally cut into pieces that equal the number of people in the family.
- Family Dinner. Whether it’s at a restaurant or in the family home, Mid Autumn Festival is all about coming together as a family. In the past, matriarchs would cook a delicious feast at home akin to the American Thanksgiving meal. In modern times, most families opt to have dinner at a restaurant rather than cook at home. Chinese restaurants across the city, such as Mott 32 and John Anthony, are usually fully booked on the Mid-Autumn Festival night.
- Making Lanterns. Making colorful lanterns is a happy activity between families and children. The lanterns have different shapes and can also resemble animals, plants, or flowers. They also make Kongming lanterns, which can fly because the burning candles heat the air in the lantern. Children will write good wishes on the lanterns and let them fly up into the sky.
- Watching the Moon together. In Chinese mythology, the full moon is the symbol for a family reunion. Many famous ancient poets wrote poems about the moon and expressed their homesickness. When people look at the moon, it reminds them of their families and homeland. Hongkongers enjoy time spent with family.
- Short trips out of the city. As a festival centered around family and unity, many Hong Kongers go on short trips to spend time with their loved ones. However, tickets book up months ahead of time so plan your trips wisely!
From everyone at Maximal Concepts, Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!!