30 September 2006

Mid-Autumn Festival

As I walk from the bus stop I notice that the humidity has dropped, red lanterns are hanging and moon cakes are displayed in shop windows – this means that the Mid-Autumn Festival is just around the corner.

The festival traditionally celebrates the full moon and showing gratitude for the harvest of food. It also represents the gathering of friends and family. During the festival, people eat special sweet cakes known as "Moon Cakes" made of ground lotus and sesame seed paste, egg-yolk and other ingredients.

Saturday, 7th October will be a busy day with firework displays, laterns floating and fire dragons walking through the streets. With a population of 6.8 million, I think I'll be staying at home away from all the hussle and bussle Hong Kong is well known for.

By the time you read this article Hong Kong and China would have held their ceremonies to greet the winter, worshipped the moon, paid their respects to Chang O, the Chinese Moon Goddess and sent moon cakes to their relatives as gifts.

Enjoy your week.

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