Today, Chinese people all over the world celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival which is also popularly known as the Moon Cake Festival. It is a time for families to get together and celebrate. The moon, which is believed to be at its roundest and brightest on the festival day, signifies completeness and reunion. Su Shi, a famous poet in the Song Dynasty, wrote in his poem Mid Autumn Moon, “May we live long and share the beauty of the moon together, even if we are hundreds of miles apart,” truly captures the true meaning of this festival.
Families in different parts of China celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in ways that reflect strong local characteristics. In Guangzhou, people celebrate "shu zhongqiu" (樹中秋), a tradition of decorating trees or roof by hanging lanterns on bamboo poles. In Hong Kong, the Fire Dragon Dance which runs for three days and nights is performed in Tai Hang. The festival is especially fun for children in Hong Kong, enjoying the company of a large family gathering, eating mooncakes, going outdoors to admire the beauty of the full moon and carrying the lanterns they’ve made.
At THS, Prep and Primary children have been learning about the story behind this special day. We read the story of the Ten Suns and Chang’e. Legend has it that Chang’e swallowed an elixir which transformed her to a goddess and she flew to the moon.
It is a perfect occasion for them to experience and be immersed in traditional Chinese culture. Students have also been making their own lanterns. We are happy to see students who have been celebrating this festival talking to those who are new to this and sharing their own experiences. In addition, our older students in Middle and High School also learned stories related to the Mid-Autumn Festival such as Yuetu and Wugui, and designed a poster for this festival.
Across Hong Kong, there are many Mid-Autumn Festival activities you and your family can participate in to learn more about it. The Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival will be held in Victoria Park in Causeway Bay tonight. It is the grandest lantern display in Hong Kong, and the carnival will showcase dazzling lanterns and lighting installations handmade by students and artisans. A very popular annual carnival, there will also be other entertainment at the carnival including onstage performances, game stalls, and lantern riddle quizzes, with the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance entering Victoria Park as the grand finale of the Lantern Festival on Friday night. The Fire Dragon Dance are also performed in Aberdeen and Pok Fu Lam Village on different days. This tradition is unique to Hong Kong and it is definitely not to be missed. At the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, an interactive lighting installation “Magic Behind the Moon” is currently on display until September 22nd.
Visit LCSD and Discover Hong Kong’s websites to find out more about the Mid-Autumn Festival events in Hong Kong.
THS wishes all our families a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!