Rejoice in glowing reunionsLocal | Bernard Charnwut Chan 15 Sep 2021
As summer fades into autumn it brings the Mid-Autumn Festival - perhaps the second most significant holiday of the year after the Lunar New Year.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is traditionally rooted in giving thanks for bountiful harvests and a time for reunions. It is held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar when the moon is at its fullest and brightest. So it falls on September 21 this year. Celebrations are characterized by lantern displays, festive family dinners, mooncakes and moongazing.
Eating mooncakes is an especially important tradition, dating back to the Yuan dynasty. The small baked cakes are made with different fillings such as the traditional white lotus seed paste with egg yolk to more contemporary flavors such as jasmine lava custard or snowy skin with durian. Round like the full moon, mooncakes symbolize completeness and togetherness.
If you are looking for holiday revelries, Wong Tai Sin Temple is commemorating its 100th year anniversary and holding its centennial carnival from September 18 to 24. Combining the Mid-Autumn Festival lantern carnival with a traditional temple fair, organizers will be showcasing large-scale lantern displays, performances and game booths.
Nearby Temple Mall is joining in the centennial festivities, featuring a dazzling 3.5-meter-tall interactive lantern installation inspired by the Chinese zodiac. Sky lanterns change colors in sync with people's movements.
Golden Autumn Lumiere is running until October 4.
However you choose to celebrate this year, what's meaningful is the time you set aside to spend with loved ones. Whether you will be eating mooncakes at home, checking out one of the many lantern displays or gazing at the moon, here's wishing you and yours a happy Mid-Autumn Festival.
Bernard Charnwut Chan is chairman of Tai Kwun Culture & Arts Co Ltd.