The Mid-Autumn Festival is just around the corner! Also known as the Moon Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival In Hong Kong will take place on September 10, 2022. Get into the spirit and celebrate the festive event with traditional mooncakes, colorful lanterns, dragon dances, and so much more!
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The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is a traditional festival celebrated in Chinese culture at the end of the fall harvest.
The history of when it was first celebrated goes back to the Shang Dynasty (c. 1600-1046 BC) to when it first appeared in Rites of Zhou, in which it was mentioned that the royal family would offer sacrifices to the Moon Goddess to thank for a good harvest.
But it only started to gain popularity during the Tang dynasty between 618–907 CE. According to Chinese folklore, Emperor Xuanzong of Tang started to hold formal celebrations in his home after exploring the Moon Palace. After that, it began to catch on, and commoners also started nightly celebrations in honor of the moon goddess.
By the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the Mid-Autumn festival had become the main festival, second only to Chinese New Year.
Mooncakes are one of the key traditions of celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival. In Chinese culture, a round shape symbolizes completeness and reunion. So sharing round mooncakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival signifies the unity of families.
According to Chinese legend, mooncakes originated during the Yuan Dynasty, when Mongolia ruled China. The leaders from the preceding Sung Dynasty decided to rebel against foreign rule. They ordered the making of special cakes during the Moon Festival to put a message into each mooncake with details of the attack. On the night of the Moon Festival, the rebel leaders overthrew the government and successfully established the Ming Dynasty.
Traditional mooncakes are made of ground lotus and egg yolk, but nowadays, there are more and more innovative mooncake flavors and designs. Check out our rundown of the hottest mooncakes to try this year:
Go ahead and allow the little ones to stay up late for one night to celebrate the Moon Festival by lighting a lantern under the full moon. You can find traditional paper lanterns in Causeway Bay Market or battery-powered plastic lanterns in Shum Shui Po. Visit the Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival at Victoria Park or check out the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance - we've got the deets on all the festivities here. Have fun!
MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL EVENTS FOR FAMILIES 2022:
Editor's Note: Events may be canceled, postponed, or rescheduled due to COVID-19 regulations. Please check with event organizers and the governmental website for updates.
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