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Hot Stuff: Here's Why You Should Fly To Hong Kong For The Mooncake Festival

Hot Stuff: Here's Why You Should Fly To Hong Kong For The Mooncake Festival

It may not exactly be the end of the week yet, but we got a reason to celebrate  (other than payday Thursday, of course), as the Mid-Autumn festival a.k.a Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival, as it’s more popularly known, falls today, September 15. And what’s a better place to celebrate it in but in one of our favorite travel destinations in Asia—Hong Kong!

Now, the Mooncake Festival is one of the most celebrated events in Hong Kong. The locals see it as the perfect time to bond with their families as there are lots of fun activites you can engage in like stage shows, palm readings, game stalls, and lantern riddle quizzes, among others. With that, the Hong Kong Tourism Board gives us a rundown of some of the fun happenings all over the shopping capital for the whole month of September (so you still got time to book a flight and to troop to Hong Kong, over a weekend perhaps?)

Get a taste of authentic mooncakes, a special delicacy eaten especially during the festival as it symbolizes unity and are offered to the gods as way of thanking them for good harvests. In Hong Kong, mooncakes are often sold in lavish boxes like Dalloyau’s limited edition “Paris Moon” gift box, or Dreamix’s “15 nights”. 

Another highlight of the month-long festivities is the Fire Dragon Dance, happening at Tai Hang, Causeway Bay from September 14 to 16. There is also the Mid-Autumn Thematic Lantern Display 2016, which will feature four-themed carnivals that will showcase traditional lantern displays all over Hong Kong from September 14-18. The four themes are “Fly Me to the Moon" at the Hong Kong Space Museum, “After the Mid-Autumn Night’s at Tai Po, Waterfront Park, “Glamorous Splendour” at the lakeside garden in Tin Shui Wai, and the last but not the least “Fairy Tales in The Veryland” at Victoria Park. 

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