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Don’t expect bright glow with your mooncake – Hong Kong Observatory forecasts cloudy night for Mid-Autumn Festival

Moongazers should take raincoats and umbrellas, Observatory senior officer says

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 October, 2017, 3:02pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 October, 2017, 3:11pm

Those hoping for a piece of mooncake under a bright lunar glow to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival tonight may find their view somewhat clouded.

The Hong Kong Observatory is forecasting that Wednesday night will be mainly cloudy with showers, senior scientific officer Li Sun-wai said.

“Moongazers should bring raincoats and umbrellas with them if they are going out,” Li said, soon after the thunderstorm signal was issued at 10.35am. The warning was still in place at 3pm.

The Mid-Autumn Festival takes place on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month in the Chinese calendar, which is Wednesday.

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The moon will rise at 5.19pm and be at its highest point at 11.23pm. It will set around five hours later.

While the full moon usually occurs on the 15th or 16th day of the eighth lunar month in the Chinese calendar, this year it will be on the 17th day – Friday.

With the sun and moon located on opposite sides of the Earth, the full moon is at its brightest point of the year. But Li warned it would still be cloudy with rain on Thursday.

There are three fundamental concepts behind the festival: gathering with the family, giving thanks for the year’s harvest and praying.

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Traditional activities include lighting lanterns, dragon and lion dances, and making and sharing mooncakes.

Each year in Tai Hang, Causeway Bay, hundreds of performers take part in a fire dragon dance. Legend has it that in the 19th century, the villagers of Tai Hang fought off a plague with a fire dragon dance.