This year, Mid-Autumn Festival fell on the 19th September (the 15th day of the 8th lunar month).
We couldn’t wait to finally see the lit up lantern display in the park across the road, so we wandered over, camera in tow.
Even our lobby got involved!
The festival celebrates three fundamental concepts:
– Gathering (friends and family coming together, or harvesting crops)
– Thanksgiving (to give thanks for the harvest or harmonious unions)
The event pays homage to a bygone era when farmers thanked the moon god for bountiful harvests.
Nowadays it is an occasion for outdoor reunions among friends and relatives to eat moon-cakes and watch the moon, a symbol of harmony and unity.
The festival is celebrated with many cultural or regional customs, such as burning incense to worship deities such as Chang’e (The Goddess of the Moon).
The festival is also known by other names such as the Moon Festival (as it is the time of year when the moon is at its roundest and brightest) and Moon-cake Festival (due to the popular tradition of eating moon-cakes on this occasion).
In Chinese culture, a round shape symbolises completeness, therefore sharing moon-cakes among family members signifies unity.
A notable part of celebrating the holiday is the abundance of brightly lit lanterns, whether they be for display purposes or to be released into the sky. However it is difficult to determine the original purpose of lanterns in connection to the festival.
Here’s a few snaps that we took of the rad display in the pond 🙂
Obviously being a big fan of orca whales and hippos, this was my personal favourite! 😀
PS. Here’s some awesome shots from Victoria Park 🙂