Mid-Autumn Moon Cake Festival
From: Monday, September 24 2007, 7:00 pm
to: Tuesday, September 25 2007, 6:59 pm
Taking place all over Hong Kong, this Chinese equivalent to the West's Harvest Moon Festival is one of the most beautiful celebrations of the year. The celebrations commemorate a 14th-century uprising against the Mongols, when rebels wrote the call to revolt on pieces of paper and embedded them in cakes which they smuggled to compatriots.
During the festival people eat special yuek beng (moon cakes) - made of a whole range of ingredients - from ground lotus and sesame to all kinds of sugary fillings.
Along with these cakes, shops sell coloured Chinese paper lanterns, traditionally in the shapes of animals and, more recently, aeroplanes and space ships. On this family occasion parents allow children to stay up late and take them to high vantage points such as Victoria Peak to light their lanterns and watch the huge autumn moon rise before eating their moon cakes. As a result, public parks are ablaze with many thousands of lanterns in all colours, sizes and shapes.