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Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival: The Not-So Hallmark Holiday

Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival: The Not-So Hallmark Holiday

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.

Rabbit lantern in Hong Kong

Hey look, a bunny!

 

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.

Full moon appears over Hong Kong on Mid-Autumn Festival 2013

Police had to clear paths as Hong Kongers blocked pedestrian areas to photograph the full moon

 

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.

Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival: The Not-So Hallmark Holiday

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Lanters left after Mid-Autumn Festival

Have YOU seen anything like Mid-Autumn Festival?

8 comments

  1. I see you have celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival in a little bit different way than us. We stayed at home with our Chinese friends, had a nice dinner together and ate some mooncakes. Did you stay in Hong Kong, right? I love these lanterns!
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    • We did stay in Hong Kong! HK always seems to be a bit more festive for these types of events.

      We had a large family dinner as well, but in HK those take place at restaurants. No ones home would be able to fit 30 people inside here! :)

  2. WOW. I have never seen anything like this. That photo of the dog with the neon rings is awesome. I’m so glad to have found your blog… I’ll be back Beth.
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    • We were so surprised to see dogs getting involved. There were so many with glow sticks or flashing LEDs attached to their leashes!

      I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my blog so far! :)

  3. Love your pics. I’ve never been to a mid-Autumn fest in Asia….but it sure is colorful!
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  4. I was in China last year for the Mid-Autumn festival and I didn’t really see a lot of it. There were a million mooncakes at the supermarket (i ate atleast 20) but that’s about it. Didn’t know it was this shiny.
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    • I think how shiny the festival is really depends on your location! Even in some parts of Hong Kong there aren’t really many lanterns or things going on.

      How did you like the mooncakes though? :)