Mooncakes and More with Mid-Autumn Celebrations in Hong Kong

This year’s Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 4th October when a full moon stirs ancient sentiments as relatives come together from far and near to celebrate. The round shape of the moon symbolizes unity in the Chinese culture with families offering spherical shaped fruits – and of course mooncakes to the heavens as thanks for an abundant harvest season. Nowadays in Hong Kong it is impossible to not come across copious amounts of mooncakes, which actually have an interesting story attached to their origin. It is believed they originated during the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368) created by revolutionaries to pass secret messages between each other within the pastries.

Today in Hong Kong you will find a more modern take on the mooncakes with salted egg custard fillings or even chocolate or ice cream. Traditionally, mooncakes are infused with egg yolks and lotus seed paste, which you can still find in most shops and hotels. During this festival don’t miss the stunning lantern exhibitions and carnivals taking place in local neighborhoods as well as Fire Dragon dances.

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