What is the Mid-Autumn Festival?
The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Lantern Festival or the Mooncake Festival, is a harvest festival that has long been celebrated across South East Asia. Usually taking place on the 15th day of the 8th Lunar month during a full moon, this festival is a time for family, food, and celebrations across the city.
Mid-Autumn Festival has three core values: family, giving thanks for the harvest, and prayer. Traditional activities include lighting lanterns, the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, lion dances, and best of all: eating mooncakes. A night of colour and celebration, you can enjoy the night as long as you wish as the day after is a public holiday across the city.
Please note that lots of spas will be closing their doors so the hardworking staff can celebrate with their families and friends. Check your BloomMe app to make booking and see who’s open when!
Where can I celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival this year?
2018 is the year for good celebrations across Hong Kong!
Victoria Park Mid-Autumn Festival Events 2018
The largest, grandest, and usually the most crowded event being held during the Mid-Autumn Festival is held at Victoria Park. With giant lanterns on display, a huge dragon dance, kung-fu performances (super cool), traditional music, dancing, and even good and crafts for sale, this event is the event to visit in Hong Kong for a full carnival experience.
We love taking a gander at the Annual Lantern Competition. Lantern crafters come from far and wide to put their works of art on display for the public. In fact, the 2011 display made it into the Guinness World Records book at the world’s largest lantern sculpture!
Urban Mid Autumn Lantern Display – 6:30pm-11:00pm 21st-25th September
Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival Night – 8:00pm-11:00pm 24th September
Fire Dragon Dance 10:30pm-11:30pm 24th September 2018
Urban Mid-Autumn Youth Night – 7:30pm-9:30pm 23rd September
How to get there:
There will be crowds, plan accordingly!
Take the Island Line to Tin Hau Station, Exit A1. Cross King’s Road and turn right. Continue walking straight towards the second junction on the left to enter Tung Lo Wan Road. This brings you to the Tai Hang area and towards Victoria Park.
New Territories East Mid-Autumn Festival Carnivals 2018
Held out on Tai Po Waterfront, these festivities are perfect for those looking for a Mid-Autumn experience without the crowds of Victoria Park. Tai Po Waterfront is magical during the day, but during Mid-Autumn Festival the district comes alive with lanterns and festivities. Expect dancers, acrobatics, shopping, and best of all: food!
New Territories East Mid-Autumn Lantern Display – 6:30pm – 11:00pm (extended to midnight on the 24th) 21st-24th September
New Territories East Mid-Autumn Festival Carnival Night – 7:30pm – 10:00pm 23rd September
New Territories East Mid-Autumn Youth Night – 7:30pm-9:30pm 22nd September
How to get there:
Take the MTR to Tai Po Market, and jump on the MTR free shuttle bus K17.
For a full rundown of the events, head here.
New Territories West Mid-Autumn Festival Carnivals 2018
The west side of Hong Kong is represented by a carnival being held out in Tuen Mun Park. This carnival is renowned for their roving performers, some exceptional dancing, and a display of huge lanterns all across the skyline. Make sure you don’t miss the rhythmic gymnastics or Nepalese dancers!
New Territories West Mid-Autumn Lantern Display – 6:30pm – 11:00pm (extended to midnight on the 24th) 21st-25th September
New Territories East Mid-Autumn Carnival Night – 7:30pm – 10:00pm 25th September
New Territories East Mid-Autumn Youth Night – 7:30pm-9:30pm 24th September
How to get there:
Tuen Mun Park is just a 5-minute walk from Tuen Mun MTR. Take exit B and enter the park from Tuen Mun Heung Sze Wui Road.
For a full run down of the events, check out this brochure.
Did someone say Mooncakes? Sounds delicious. What is it exactly?
Mooncakes are delicacies shared during the Mid-Autumn festival amongst friends and family. They are usually round or square in shape, they have an incredibly dense pastry exterior with a soft, gooey filling (usually lotus paste but some times containing a salted duck yolk).
Mooncakes are best when shared, one mooncake can contain 800 calories alone!
Luckily, there are plenty of healthy alternatives available in Hong Kong for healthy mooncakes. From vegan cakes to low calorie cakes, there’s something for everyone looking for a lighter way to celebrate the harvest.
For a quick guide, check out this list.
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What is the Mid-Autumn Festival? The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Lantern Festival or the Mooncake Festival, is a harvest festival that has long been celebrated across South East Asia. Usually taking place on the 15th day of the 8th Lunar month during a full moon, this festival is a time for family, food,…