The Mid-Autumn Festival is the best

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 September, 2011, 12:00am


Among the many colourful Chinese festivals, the Mid-Autumn Festival is my favourite. I enjoy eating mooncakes and playing games in a comfortable setting surrounded by colourful lanterns.

Mooncakes are delicious but they are also very fatty. So I have to make sure I do not eat too much.

Another highlight of the festival is the annual carnival. The magic shows, acrobatics and game booths are all great fun.

Then there is of course the full moon in the night sky, which lends the festival its unique atmosphere.

I hope you had a wonderful Mid-Autumn Festival.

Vanessa Lai, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Vanessa. I hope our readers did not eat too many mooncakes. Those juicy morsels are hard to resist, even though everyone keeps saying how bad they are.

Now that the air has turned crisper and the nights will soon be longer, our thoughts turn to winter. While most of us rejoice in the idea of a break from the heat, let us take time to spare a thought for those who will not be so well-off this season.

Let's not forget that hundreds of thousands of children are expected to die this year because of famine in Africa. Closer to home, we have heard the shocking news that one in six families in Hong Kong will suffer from hunger.

In a world-class city like ours, that is a shame. So the South China Morning Post and Young Post are helping to raise money for the city's major food banks. These are Tung Wah Group of Hospitals' Food for All - Short-term Food Assistance Service and the People's Food Bank of St James' Settlement.

If you or your school plans to do anything special to raise money, write in and let us know. Make a donation by:

Direct transfer to HSBC account 502-676588-001 for SCMP Charities Ltd

Cheques payable to 'SCMP Charities Ltd' and mail to: SCMP Charities Ltd, Morning Post Centre, 22 Dai Fat Street, Tai Po Industrial Estate, New Territories

Susan, Editor