Thursday Doors: Happy Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-autumn festival is one of the most significant annual festivals in China.  It is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar.  On the evening of, children walk along the street and through the parks with their lit-up lanterns swinging from their hands, people give each other moon cakes, and families get together for a meal and some fun.  This year, the mid-autumn festival was celebrated on October 4.

 

The day began with a downpour; however, it was enjoyable to take a 20-minute ferry from where I live to a nearby island called Peng Chau.  Even amidst the torrential rain, people were out and about buying lanterns and supplies for the evening’s celebrations.

 

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After walking through the rain, my husband and I then boarded another ferry for Central on the main island of Hong Kong.  The rain stopped and the sun came out.  We romped around enjoying the festive atmosphere.

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The side streets invited us to come and explore.

 

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Intriguing doors invited us to enter in and rest awhile.

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Just inside, exotic and beautiful things can be found.

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Hong Kong is very diverse, with a variety of interesting and intriguing sights.  I never tire of exploring this city.

 

Taking the train back home, we were happy, with the good kind of tired. After dark, we strolled to the plaza near our apartment and watched the children gleefully playing with their lanterns and glow in the dark toys.

 

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The fireworks were beautiful and the full moon was amazing.

 

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to all!

 

(Inspired by Thursday Doors, hosted by Norm Frampton. For more interesting doors from all around the globe, check it out.)

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. How long have you lived in China?

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    1. We lived in mainland China from 1987-1994. Since then we have lived in Macau, Taiwan, and then Hong Kong from 2003-2010 with trips in and out of the mainland. We then lived in India and Thailand until moving back to Hong Kong at the beginning of 2017 (until present). Sorry for the long answer. =) Thanks for asking!!

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  2. Wah, such a colourful life :). Out of curiosity, what motivated you to move to Asia? Myself, I was born in Taiwan, grew up in New Zealand and I’m now living in the UK! Though, my other half and I are thinking of moving to Japan for a year or two in the future!

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    1. My husband and I wanted to do charity work. In the early days, I helped in orphanages in China and my husband worked with college students but also joined me as well. When looking around to see where in the world to go, we felt “compelled” to move to Asia where there are lots of needs. We both also were born with a bit of a “go bug.” In addition, as people of faith, we felt prompted by God to move to Asia. It has been a wonderful adventure, though not always easy. However, anything good or meaningful is not without its difficulties. I think you also have a bit of a “go bug” spirit and Japan sound very intriguing and interesting! We lived in Taiwan a couple of years (Taichung) and I would LOVE to visit New Zealand. =)

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  3. Ann Coleman says:

    Why did I not know that China celebrates Fall festivals? Just goes to show how insular I can be in my thinking. Thanks for this post!

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