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Mid-Autumn Festival

US Secretary of State John Kerry wishes Korea a happy Mid-Autumn Festival instead of China

John Kerry in a video message to South Korea for the nation's Liberation Day. Photo: SCMP Pictures

US Secretary of State John Kerry gave South Korea his blessings for the country’s Mid-Autumn Festival, drawing a few exasperated sighs from members of the Chinese online community who wondered why their version of the holiday had not been acknowledged. 

Thursday, 19 September, 2013, 8:07pm 8 comments

Full moon to shine on this year Mid-Autumn Festival

Artist's rendition of the exterior of the three-storey high lantern the Tourism Board is building for moon-gazing during this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Moon-gazers at this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival are in for a treat as for the first time in nearly a decade a full moon is expected.

The festival this year falls on Thursday, September 19, with the full moon set to occur at 7.13pm, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

5 Sep 2013 - 8:54pm

Mid-Autumn Festival gives Hong Kong retail sales a bigger boost

Hong Kong retail sales

Retail sales in Hong Kong rose more than expected in September but there were signs of a slowdown in some segments.

Sales amounted to HK$34.1 billion in September, up 9.4 per cent on the same period last year, driven by the holiday spending during the Mid-Autumn Festival, according to the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department.

2 Nov 2012 - 5:43am

Fellow pupils of Shek O drowning victims to get grief counselling

Students mourning the deceased at CNEC Lau Wing Sang Secondary School where two students drowned at Shek O Beach. Photo: Sam Tsang

A school attended by two teenage boys who drowned at Shek O while celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival was in "crisis mode" yesterday dealing with pupils' grief after the second boy's body was found.

3 Oct 2012 - 3:39pm

National Day fireworks draw thousands to harbour

Photo: AFP

Fireworks celebrating National Day drew some 250,000 locals and tourists to both sides of the Victoria Harbour on Monday night. Starting at 9pm, the 23-minute extravaganza launched a total of 23,888 fireworks into the sky, telling the story of a young man from birth to maturity in eight scenes. The tale symbolised the growth of the nation.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Pok Fu Lam's fire dragon dance to rival Tai Hang's

Tai Hang is not the only place to watch fire dragon dancing during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Pok Fu Lam village also boasts its own century-long tradition ...

1 Oct 2012 - 6:49pm

Dark side of the mooncake

Illustration: Andreas Schallenberger

The mooncakes that many Hong Kong people munched on yesterday to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival are no luxury food. They are made of cheap ingredients such as red bean and lotus seed paste that hardly make a dent in a mooncake maker's profit.

1 Oct 2012 - 4:07am

Tai Hang dragon dance marks colourful start to Chinese holiday

The dragon studded with incense makes its way through Tai Hang in the annual parade. Photo: David Wong

Thousands of people thronged in Tai Hang to watch the area's heritage-listed dragon dance, kicking off the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day celebrations. Paraded along the narrow streets by 300 dancing Tai Hang residents, the 61-metre fire dragon swung its head and tail to the cheering of crowds.

30 Sep 2012 - 11:53am

Letters to the Editor, September 29, 2012

Outside court where the three bloggers were tried. Photo: AFP

Performance rating plea for all hospitals

I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal on ways to improve better public monitoring and rating of hospitals in the United States.

28 Sep 2012 - 11:44pm

Talking points

Education undersecretary Kenneth Chen Wei-on

Legco's new secretary general takes charge

Education undersecretary Kenneth Chen Wei-on officially takes over today as the secretary general of the Legislative Council Secretariat, succeeding Pauline Ng Man-wah. Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing said earlier this month that he had "high hopes" for the 47-year-old Chen, who had shown "a strong passion" for the role.

29 Sep 2012 - 3:29am

Mooncakes carry a revolutionary message

Woofer Ten workers hand out free mooncakes in Yau Ma Tei yesterday. Photo: Dickson Lee

An art group is restoring meaning to mooncakes by distributing them with radical messages.

Community art group Woofer Ten distributed the "revolutionary mooncakes" at its Shanghai Street Artspace in Yau Ma Tei.

Ming revolutionaries are believed to have used mooncakes to spread their revolutionary message while fighting Mongolian rule at the end of the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368).

29 Sep 2012 - 4:32am

Mainland visitors boost sales of mooncakes in Hong Kong

Tai Tung Bakery owner Tse Ching-yuen and his son, Peter Tse Hing-chi, say production has been stepped up at their Yuen Long factory to cope with demand. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Counterfeit mooncakes offered on the mainland are helping to boost sales of the festive treat in Hong Kong.

In days leading up to the Mid-Autumn Festival, Tai Tung Bakery - a local brand with three outlets - was rushing to produce 10,000 mooncakes in the face of keen demand, said owner Tse Ching-yuen.

29 Sep 2012 - 3:40am 2 comments

Lovely lanterns

These paper lanterns are easy to make, and they add a happy atmosphere for a weekend party. Every day can be mid-autumn festival!

What you'll need:

Construction paper

Ruler

Pencil

Scissors

Stapler or tape

Steps:

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

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