This past weekend, millions of people all over Asia celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival, including myself.
This was my second time experiencing this major holiday here in Hong Kong, and while last year I excitedly wrote all about delicious mooncakes, beautiful lantern carnivals and even dragons made of fire, this year I didn’t really experience these things.
It’s not because these things weren’t going on this year, because they most certainly were, but last year left me feeling a bit like Mid-Autumn Festival was just another Hallmark Holiday.
Last year seemed all about passing through lantern displays and overly spending on mooncakes to gift every acquaintance. Although I still ate my fair share of mooncakes and maybe even saw a lantern or two in my estate, this year was different.
Maybe this year was different because we’re more settled in now and opt to do less touristy things. Or maybe it was different because, for the first time in almost a decade, there was actually a full moon on the night of the festival.
Regardless the reason, this year was all about moon watching and spending time with family, which to me is what Mid-Autumn Festival should be about.