Mid-Autumn Festival 2014

Mid-Autumn Festival 2014 (hkdigit-20140828-192111)

The Mid-Autumn Festival this year falls on 8 September, 2014 (Monday).

The Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival features a broad array of celebrations, including huge thematic lantern displays and carnivals, as well as various cultural shows and performances. Coinciding with the Festival is the unique Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance – a spectacular ritual that highlights a magnificent fire dragon and is considered one of the most extraordinary events during this Festival.

Moonrise, transit and moonset during the Mid-Autumn Festival period

7 September (Sunday)
Moonrise: 5:02pm
Transit (Elevation 58 degrees): 10:58pm
Moonset: 4:57am (next morning)

8 September (Monday) (Mid-Autumn Festival)
Moonrise: 5:51pm
Transit (Elevation 63 degrees): 11:55pm
Moonset: 6:02am (next morning)

9 September (Tuesday) (The day following the Mid-Autumn Festival)
Full Moon (The moon is below the horizon of Hong Kong at this moment): 9:38am
Moonrise: 6:39pm
Transit (Elevation 68 degrees) 0:50am (next morning)
Moonset: 7:06am (next morning)

Although the full moon occurs in the morning of the day following the Mid-Autumn Festival, the moon will still be rather bright after the moonrise at night. If the weather permits, a bright and clear moon can be observed from open space in all districts during the period.

Weather Forecast

Mainly cloudy with a few showers. Hot with sunny periods tomorrow. Temperatures will range between 28 and 32 degrees. Moderate south to southeasterly winds.

Public Holiday

9 September, 2014 : The day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival Event

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Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival 2013

Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival 2013 (hkdigit-20131031-212702)

The American Express Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival will return this year from 31 October to 3 November, providing visitors and local residents alike with a sumptuous food and wine experience. Organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and title-sponsored by American Express for the fifth year running, the culinary bonanza will be held at the New Central Harbourfront – a brand new location for the event – giving rise to a new six-zone layout, as well as exciting elements, including the “Tasting Room”, in which exclusive wine talks will be held and delicacies created by top chefs for an international culinary competition will be served.

HK Wine and Dine Festival Tasting Room (hkdigit-20131031-212810)

The wines on offer in the festival were carefully selected by sommeliers to ensure their quality and variety. To enhance the experience of visitors, there will be two entrances to the festival, one for those who purchase their wine passes in advance, for whom the entrance fee is waived, and one for those who pay at the entrance.

Date / Time:
31 October, 2013 8:30pm to 11:30pm
1–2 November,2013 Noon to Midnight
3 November,2013 Noon to 10:30pm

Venue: The New Central Harbourfront (Location Map)

Admission:HK$30, HK$15 for concessions (visitors aged 65+ and children aged 3 to 11; under 3s are free)

Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival Ticket (hkdigit-20131031-211136)

How to get there:

For voucher and admission tickets holders, please use the South Entrance on Lung Wo Road:

  • MTR Admiralty Station, take Exit A and walk 10 minutes

For on-the-door purchases, please use the West Entrance next to Central pier 9:

  • MTR Central Station, take Exit A and walk 10 minutes
  • MTR Hong Kong Station, take Exit A2 and walk 8 minutes
  • Take the Star Ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central and walk 2 minutes

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Tuen Mun Park Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival

The Tuen Mun Park lantern installations at the Carnival site will be open to the public on 18.9 – 1.10.2013 at 6:30 pm – 11:00pm, and will be extended to 12:00 midnight on 19.9.2013 (Thu).

Programme Highlights

Spectacular Chinese Ethnic Dance and Songs and Acrobatics – Sichuan Arts Troupe

Sichuan Arts Troupe will showcase excellent performances in the Urban and New Territories Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnivals including spectacular folk songs and dance and acrobatic performances; and Sichuan folk craft such as sugar painting (by Xie Fengkun) and Qiang embroidery (by Yang Huazhen).

Folk Craft of Guangdong

Demonstration of Chinese folk craft by Guangdong masters – Chaozhou wheat straw patchwork by Fang Zhiwei, and Canton decorative porcelain by Xu Enfu.

Demonstration of Chinese Instruments by Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra won the accolades as ‘a cultural ambassador of Hong Kong’. It is dedicated to the promotion of Chinese music to the community. There will be interactive sessions of great fun, in which the audience will have hands-on experience of the four main categories of Chinese musical instruments – wind, plucked-string, bowed-string and percussion, including pipa, suona, dizi and percussion in the three Lantern Carnivals. HKCO will also introduce the Eco-gaohu, Eco-erhu, Eco-zhonghu, Eco-Gehu and Eco-Bass Gehu developed by the HKCO itself which has won the Ministry of Culture Innovation Award.

Youth Voices

The five signature groups of HKFYG join hands for the very first time to electrify you with a cappella, percussion, dance, theatre and band performances!

Golden Melodies

A stunning selection of golden oldies from local movies and TV series bring back lots of precious memories.

Cantonese Opera in the Park

No stage, no frame. A classic Cantonese Opera is staged in the picturesque scenery of Tuen Mun Park.

Youth Creative Lantern Showcase

Creative lantern entries by local primary and secondary school students. Enrolled schools include:

  • Po Leung Kuk Law’s Foundation School
  • Shung Tak Catholic English College
  • Ho Ngai College (Sponsored by Sik Sik Yuen)
  • Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Tang Shiu Kin Primary School
  • Tin Shui Wai Catholic Primary School
  • A.D. & F.D. Of Pok Oi Hospital Mrs. Cheng Yam On School
  • S.T.F.A. Wu Siu Kui Memorial Primary School
  • Catholic Ming Yuen Secondary School
  • A.D. & F.D. Of Pok Oi Hospital Mrs. Cheng Yam On Millennium School

New Territories West Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival
Date: 21 September 2013 (Lantern installation: 18 September to 1 October)
Time: 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Venue: Tuen Mun Park, New Territories
Admission: Free
Remarks: Lanterns lit 6:30pm to 11pm, 18 September to 1 October; until midnight on 19 September
How to get there : 5-minute walk from MTR Tuen Mun, Exit B and enter the park from Tuen Mun Heung Sze Wui Road.

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Sha Tin Park Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival

Sha Tin Park Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival (hkdigit-20130918-195653)

The lantern installations at the  Sha Tin Park Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival site will be open to the public on 18.9 – 1.10.2013 at 6:30 pm – 11:00pm, and will be extended to 12:00 midnight on 19.9.2013 (Thu).

Programme Highlights

Spectacular Chinese Ethnic Dance and Songs and Acrobatics – Sichuan Arts Troupe

Sichuan Arts Troupe will showcase excellent performances in the Urban and New Territories Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnivals including spectacular folk songs and dance and acrobatic performances; and Sichuan folk craft such as sugar painting (by Xie Fengkun) and Qiang embroidery (by Yang Huazhen).

Folk Craft of Guangdong

Demonstration of Chinese folk craft by Guangdong masters – Chaozhou wheat straw patchwork by Fang Zhiwei, and Canton decorative porcelain by Xu Enfu.

Demonstration of Chinese Instruments by Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra won the accolades as ‘a cultural ambassador of Hong Kong’. It is dedicated to the promotion of Chinese music to the community. There will be interactive sessions of great fun, in which the audience will have hands-on experience of the four main categories of Chinese musical instruments – wind, plucked-string, bowed-string and percussion, including pipa, suona, dizi and percussion in the three Lantern Carnivals. HKCO will also introduce the Eco-gaohu, Eco-erhu, Eco-zhonghu, Eco-Gehu and Eco-Bass Gehu developed by the HKCO itself which has won the Ministry of Culture Innovation Award.

Giant revolving lantern (hkdigit-20130918-192149)

Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage – Exhibition on Craftmanship of Lantern Making

To celebrate the joy and excitement of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum has invited local master craftsmen to construct a giant revolving lantern for the occasion. Crafted totally by hand, the lantern is about 9 metres high with five levels. A giant lotus sits on three storeys which are constantly revolving and painted with Chinese landscapes, flowers, carp and other auspicious symbols. Each corner eave of the octago-shaped storeys is decorated with exquisitely made miniature “palace lanterns”. With these ingenious designs and their superb workmanship, the master craftmen have created a stunning revolving lantern out of simple bamboo strips and silk.

Youth Creative Lantern Showcase

Creative lantern entries by local primary and secondary school students. Enrolled schools include:

  • Tsz Wan Shan Catholic Primary School
  • CCC Chuen Yuen First Primary School
  • Ho Lap Primary School (Sponsored By Sik Sik Yuen)
  • King Lam Catholic Primary School
  • Fanling Assembly Of God Church Primary School
  • Jordan Valley St Joseph’S Catholic Primary School
  • Kwok Man School
  • St Peter’S Catholic Primary School
  • Plk Dr. Jimmy Wong Chi-Ho (Tin Sum Valley) Primary School
  • Skh Fung Kei Primary School
  • Diocesan Preparatory School
  • Canton Road Government Primary School
  • S.K.H. St. Thomas’ Primary School
  • Society Of Boys’ Centres Chak Yan Centre School (Primary Section)
  • Fung Kai No.1 Secondary School
  • Law Ting Pong Secondary School
  • Tsang Pik Shan Secondary School
  • Hkta The Yuen Yuen Institute No. 3 Secondary School
  • The Chinese Foundation Secondary School
  • Nlsi Lui Kwok Pat Fong College
  • The Evangelical Lutheran Church Of Hong Kong Faith Love Lutheran School
  • The Church Of Christ In China Mong Man Wai College
  • Rosaryhill School (Secondary Section)

New Territories East Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival 2013 (hkdigit-20130918-195830)

New Territories East Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival

Date: 20 September 2013 (Lantern installation: 18 September to 1 October)
Time: 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Venue: Sha Tin Park, Sha Tin, New Territories
Admission: Free
Remarks: Lanterns lit 6:30pm to 11pm, 18 September to 1 October; until midnight on 19 September
How to get there : 7-minute walk from MTR Sha Tin Exit A through New Town Plaza. Sha Tin Park is next to Sha Tin Town Hall, on the river bank.

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Victoria Park Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival 2013

Victoria Park Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival 2013 (hkdigit-20130916-193041)

The lantern installations at the Carnival site will be open to the public on 14.9 – 22.9.2013 at 6:30 pm – 11:00pm, and will be extended to 12:00 midnight on 19.9.2013 (Thu).

Programme Highlights

Spectacular Chinese Ethnic Dance and Songs and Acrobatics –  Sichuan Arts Troupe

Sichuan Arts Troupe will showcase excellent performances in the Urban and New Territories Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnivals including spectacular folk songs and dance and acrobatic performances; and Sichuan folk craft such as sugar painting (by Xie Fengkun) and Qiang embroidery (by Yang Huazhen).

God of Fortune – Welcome Home!

The two Hong Kong-designed and Taiwan-crafted giant lantern sculptures – God of Fortune, after displaying in the Taichung Lantern Festival 2013, is now back to Hong Kong! Fusing sophisticated design with meticulous craftsmanship, these 5m-tall lanterns display an adorable and vibrant image of the traditional God of Fortune. The gold ingot in its hand symbolizes wealth whereas the green “yuyi” symbolizes happiness, which are also great blessing to all our visitors. As a photo hotspot during its stay in Taichung, God of Fortune will for sure lighten up our Carnival during its home-coming in the Mid-Autumn.

Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival (hkdigit-20130916-190840)

Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage –  Traditional Mechanical Puppet Stage

The mechanical puppet stage was once very popular in the 1960s and 1970s. It is a kind of decorative floral board commonly seen in front of the moon cake shop to attract customers during the Mid-Autumn Festival. The craftsmen make a movable puppet performance supplemented with sound and lighting effects as similar as the real opera performance. Popular Chinese historical stories were often the main themes for the stages. With growing popularity of television advertisements, the use of mechanical puppet stage as a traditional method of promotion has been declining. To celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum has invited local masters to reconstruct an old style moon cake shop in bamboo shed with its entrance exquisitely decorated with a set of traditional mechanical puppet stages, offering visitors a chance to reminisce the flavour of old Hong Kong.

ire Dragon Dance Parade (hkdigit-20050919-205514)

Fire Dragon Dance Parade

When the people of Tai Hang stopped a plague with a fire dragon dance in the 19th century, they also kicked off a tradition which was successfully inscribed onto the third national list of intangible cultural heritage. The Fire Dragon Dance Parade will be weaving its way in the Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival this year. There will be about 350 performers and a 67-metre-long dragon studded with thousands of burning joss sticks altogether wending and dancing in the Victoria Park.

Folk Craft of Guangdong

Demonstration of Chinese folk craft by Guangdong masters – Chaozhou wheat straw patchwork by Fang Zhiwei, and Canton decorative porcelain by Xu Enfu.

Demonstration of Chinese Instruments by Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra won the accolades as ‘a cultural ambassador of Hong Kong’. It is dedicated to the promotion of Chinese music to the community. There will be interactive sessions of great fun, in which the audience will have hands-on experience of the four main categories of Chinese musical instruments – wind, plucked-string, bowed-string and percussion, including pipa, suona, dizi and percussion in the three Lantern Carnivals. HKCO will also introduce the Eco-gaohu, Eco-erhu, Eco-zhonghu, Eco-Gehu and Eco-Bass Gehu developed by the HKCO itself which has won the Ministry of Culture Innovation Award.

Chinese Orchestral Concert by Hong Kong Junior Chinese Orchestra
Victoria Park 20-21.9.2013 7:30pm-8:30pm

The Hong Kong Junior Chinese Orchestra of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra will celebrate a happy Mid-autumn Festival with the community with charming all-time favourites including the Full Moon and Blossoming Flower, Beautiful Clouds Chasing the Moon, Scenes of Dali, Dance of Axi Tribe under the Moon, Jasmine and Dance of the Golden Snake etc.

Also, to promote Chinese ethnic culture among residents and tourists alike, month-long lantern displays with themes are held around the Mid-Autumn Festival.

 

Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival
Date: 19 September 2013 (Lantern installation: 14 – 22 September)
Time: 8pm to 11pm
Venue: Victoria Park Soccer Pitch, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Admission: Free
Remarks: Lanterns lit 6:30pm to 11pm, 14-22 September; until midnight on 19 September
How to get there: MTR Causeway Bay, Exit F, walk along Great George Street until you reach the park; MTR Tin Hau, Exit A2, turn left at the exit and continue until you reach the park.

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