The Mid-Autumn Festival (or what we call Jūng-chāu Jit in Hong Kong ) is a festival celebrated on 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with a full moon at night. People like to eat mooncakes during this time so this festival is also known as the “Mooncake Festival”.
Since the lunar calendar is different every year, the Mid-Autumn festival may be held in mid-September to early October. This year, the festival falls on October 4, which is today.
In Victoria Park, Hong Kong, there is a lantern display held annually during the Mid-Autumn Festival. The lantern display began on September 30 this year. There are several places in Hong Kong that have lantern displays but the one in Victoria Park is the most popular among the locals and tourists. As the Mid-Autumn Festival approaches, the number of people that goes there also increases. During the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival, it is almost impossible to walk inside of the park due to the large volume of people.
That’s why I normally don’t go there. But this year, a friend who lives in that area texted me last Saturday (the first day of the lantern display) to visit the park. He told me that there are not that many people. This is mostly because tourists from Mainland China would only arrive in Hong Kong the next day (October 1). Once they get here, they would be here for a while since they have an 8-day holiday in China, from October 1 to October 8.
So I went to Victoria Park that night to see what’s the hype is all about. I can’t say that I was disappointed since I enjoyed my time there. However, I was not that impressed, considering all the hype around it. Fortunately, there was not that many people indeed so I was able to take some photos with little difficulty:
Then after a while, it suddenly rained:
Anyway, these pandas look quite awesome:
Though my favorite is this one: