A giant fish lantern was lit at a mid-autumn lantern carnival in Hong Kong on Sept 5, 2011. Hong Kong Tourism Board organized the lantern carnival in Victoria Park to welcome the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival. This year’s festival falls on Sept 12.
The giant fish-shaped sculpture, made of more than 2,500 lanterns, is expected to be the world’s largest fish lantern. It measures 37 meters long and 14 meters wide.
In Hong Kong, there are also other activities for celebration, a famous one – Fire Dragon Dance. The event would take three days, 300 performers, 72,000 incense sticks and a 67-metre-long dragon studded with thousands of burning joss sticks.
Mid-Autumn Festival is considered only second to Chinese New Year in importance. It takes place on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. Chinese people believe that on that day, the moon is the biggest, roundest and brightest. And the term round implies family reunion in Chinese. So at the festival, families would get together to have dinner for a reunion. Then, they would admire the full moon, taste delicious moon cakes, floating sky lanterns, and other interesting activities.
Contents of celebration varied in different areas of China. Take a Hong Kong tour to admire the Mid-autumn lantern carnival, and experience the colorful living culture.