Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations
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Glitzy Lanterns, Fiery Dragons, a Full Moon and more...

Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations 2015

The 2015 Mid-Autumn Festival is on September 27, 2015. Lantern Carnivals and Exhibitions will run from early September to mid-October, exact dates TBA. Stay tuned!

Mid-Autumn Festival in Sha Tin Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Carnival in Sha Tin

The Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Carnivals in Hong Kong take place in many parts of the territory and run for a few days before and after the festival proper which is celebrated on the 8th Full Moon in the Lunar Calendar, usually around September/October in the Western calendar.

Together with the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance celebrations, they are the centerpieces of the festivities of the Mid-Autumn festival or Moon festival as it is also known.

On this full moon day, families and communities traditionally gathered to celebrate the bountiful harvesting season, somewhat of the equivalent to the American Thanksgiving Day. Nowadays, families and friends take part in the many lantern carnivals and celebrations around the city.

The Lantern Carnivals, besides showcasing an incredible variety of colorful, bright shiny lanterns, feature also many cultural events and performances including song and dances, kung fu, acrobatics, craft demonstrations and the like.

The Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) sponsors many of the events. The displays and activities are free to the public.

When and Where are the Lantern Carnivals and Exhibitions?

The 2015 Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival is on September 27, 2015. Lantern Carnivals and exhibitions will likely start in early September in Tsim Sha Tsui and run until mid-October 2015, exact dates TBA.

These are some of the main Lantern celebrations in Hong Kong which are easy to get to and are very accesible for visitors:

  • Mid-Autumun Urban Carnival at Victoria Park, the all-in-one event that offers the lantern displays and a full cultural programme including a Fire Dragon Dance, kung fu demonstrations, folk songs and crafts. This year will be on September 27, 2015, from 8:00p.m.-11:00 p.m.

  • Lantern Wonderland at Victoria Park, the lantern exhibition that features thousands of displays and in prior years has featured a centerpiece chosen based on a design competition. For the 2014 lantern exhibtions, primary and secondary schools as well as the public were invited to participate and exhibit their works at Victoria Park's Students' Lantern Design Display, there was no main centerpiece chosen through a competition.

    The 2015 exhibitions details are TBA.

  • Tsim Sha Tsui Thematic Lantern Exhibition is set up in the grounds of the HK Cultural Centre Piazza in Tsim Sha Tsui.

    Main theme of the lanterns varies from year to year. The 2014 theme was "The World in Colours". These exhibitions run for approximately a month. This year's details are TBA.

  • The Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance Parade, not a typical Dragon Parade and unique to Hong Kong. This year's parades will be held on September 26, 27, 28, 2015 in Tai Hang, Causeway Bay.

Two major Carnivals which feature full cultural programmes are also held in the New Territories. Check the LCSD website for details.

All programs are free, public is free to roam around the beautiful lantern displays.

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Urban Mid-Autumn Carnival and Lantern Wonderland at Victoria Park

Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Wonderland in Victoria Park

This is the all-in-one mega event that offers the lantern displays including the magnificent Lantern Wonderland (see below), a full cultural programme, and the Fire Dragon Dance Parade.

Mid-Autumn Festival Victoria Park Lantern Displays
Lantern Displays

Mid-Autumn Festival Victoria Park Fire Dragon Parade
Fire Dragon Dance

Mid-Autumn Festival Victoria Park Cultural Program
Cultural Programs

The cultural program includes kung fu demonstrations, folk songs and dance shows, acrobatics, traditional hand-made lantern displays, demonstrations of Chinese folk arts and crafts, fortune-telling and a variety of entertainment.

The Fire Dragon Dance is a main part of the Mid-Autumn celebrations, the original parade takes place in Tai Hang for three days, but visitors of Victoria Park will also have a chance to see it here on the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival proper. The parade features a 67-metre long dragon with thousands of burning incense sticks and over 300 performers which will circle around the throngs of visitors at Victoria Park.

Victoria Park Lantern Displays and Lantern Wonderland

The Lantern Displays are state-of-the-art designs and the highlight of the event is Lantern Wonderland, the main signature piece has been chosen in previous years through a design competition organised by the HKTB and several design organisations.

The Design contest is held months prior to the festival and the winning entry is showcased during the Mid-Autumn Festival.

This masterpiece is judged based in four elements: creativity and originality, practicality and safety compliance, use of environmentally friendly materials, and cost effectiveness in consideration of the budget guidelines (the cost of building the design must not exceed HK$2,000,000 or approx. US$250,000, yes, it's a monumental lantern!)

Here's a look at past winners:

The 2013 Lantern Wonderland centerpiece winner was "Rising Moon", a 10-meter half-dome completely made from recycled water bottles and LED lights with fantastic light effects that mirrored the phases of the moon.

You were able to enter the structure which had a capacity of 100 people, and from the inside you could see the hanging lantern-bottles suspended from the periphery of the half-dome, which also had an opening so you could enjoy the real moon on that fantastic full-moon night.

Victoria Park Lantern Wonderland Rising Moon

For 2012, the winning centerpiece was the "Golden Moon" set up on a water pool and standing 18 metres high, it is a warm reminder of the full-moon symbolism of family reunion of the Mid-Autumn festival. The half-dome structure was lit up at night in conjunction with synchronised music:

Victoria Park Lantern Wonderland Golden Moon

The 2011 centerpiece of the celebration was a giant fish-shaped lantern, created with over 2,000 lanterns, it made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest sculpture made of lanterns.

Victoria Park Lantern Wonderland

Together with a 3-minute coreographed program, this beautiful massive lantern delighted visitors who enjoyed the musical light show which replayed every 15 minutes.

For 2014, rather than a contest, a 7.5-metre high hand-crafted lantern constructed by a local master was erected in Victoria Park. Decorated with lanterns of different periods, the giant lantern featured three-dimensional scenes of people living in the Qing Dynasty imperial palace.

In addition, a Students' Lantern Design Display was erected in the grounds of Victoria Park.

Details of the 2015 Mid-Autumn Urban Carnival are TBA.

Tsim Sha Tsui Thematic Lantern Exhibition

Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Carnival in Tsim Sha Tsui

In the same way as the Spring Lantern Festival, the LCSD sets up an amazing Lantern Exhibition in the grounds of the HK Cultural Centre Piazza.

This one is fairly easy to pop in for tourists as it's just around the corner from the Star Ferry Terminal and the TST metro station and you can enjoy the beautiful lantern displays as you stroll around the Clocktower and the Promenade, and maybe take in the Symphony of Lights show which is featured every night.

West Kowloon Thematic Lantern Exhibition

Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Carnival in West Kowloon Promenade

In previous years, a beautiful Lantern Exhibition has been set up along the Waterfront Promenade in West Kowloon, a beautiful setting and easy to get to.

The Western entrance of the Promenade is only a five minute walk from the Kowloon Station MTR Station.

For more information on this year's Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnivals and Exhibitions check out the official site of the Hong Kong Leisure and and Cultural Services Department at www.lcsd.gov.hk.

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Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations 2015

The Mid Autumn Festival - September 27, 2015

Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Carnivals and Displays - many venues, from early September to early October, 2015

Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance and Parade - Tai Hang, Causeway Bay, September 26, 27, 28, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.

Mid-Autumn Lantern Wonderland - Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, Carnival on September 27, 2015, Lantern Wonderland from mid-September-early October 2015.

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