Caught up in the Hong Kong's simmering excitement in the leadup to the Mid Autumn Festival, or 中秋節, we did alot of walking and more than our customary exploring. Since the baby was old enough to tag along without too much trouble, we took her to experience for the first time the many and varied Mid Autumn Festival traditions that abound even in a modern city like Hong Kong.
|Rabbit shaped Chinese Lanterns|
|Starfruit shaped Chinese Lantern|
Next was our trip to the local 'famous for mooncakes' bakery Wing Wah. In the store there were mooncakes galore, both the traditional and more modern versions. We weren't there for the mooncakes, however, as I had determined to try my hand at making mooncakes myself this year. What I did want at Wing Wah was one of the little flower baskets they have for the children every year at this time, each pretty plastic basket filled with a Chinese pastry called 'Pig in a Basket', which literally looks like a pig in a basket.
And finally the night of the Mid Autumn Festival, we prepared to 'Chase the Moon' or 追月: to seek a view of the beautifully full moon, each with their own brightly lit lanterns and delicious mooncakes. The late night streets of Hong Kong were full of lanterns and merry makers, the children especially happy as they, for once, did not need to go to bed early as the day after Mid Autumn Festival was a public holiday (so that all the late revellers could sleep in.)
Happy Mid Autumn Festival to all!
More Mid Autumn Festival Fun at The Hong Kong Cookery:
Hong Kong Mooncake Molds 月餅模具
Mid Autumn Festival- Making Your Own Mooncake
Mid Autumn Festival- A Very Cute Mooncake Google