Thursday, 13 November 2014

Mid-autumn Festival souvenirs

Chopsticks, lanterns, postcards, and more
8 Oct 2014 | From Akubi of Hong Kong

Held on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Chinese lunar calendar, Hong Kong’s Mid-Autumn Festival is a classic Chinese festival and one of the city’s biggest celebrations. It is a modern celebration of a centuries-old harvest ritual, now associated with moon cakes, shining lanterns, and fiery dragons.

Besides showcasing an incredible variety of colorful, bright shiny lanterns, the festival also features many cultural events and performances including song and dances, kung fu, acrobatics, craft demonstrations and the like.

Akubi sent me some souvenirs he bought during the Mid-Autumn Festival - two pairs of chopsticks, a lantern, a paper ferris wheel, and postcards and letters. He shared that although it is the Mid-Autumn Festival in Hong Kong, it is still hot and occasionally rains. He also recounted some vivid childhood memories he has of the festival. He would eat mooncakes and play with lanterns and candles. He used to play with candles by letting them boil and melt in a large container and then pouring in some water which would result to explosions. I remember also doing that with my siblings but with used crayons :)

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