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The Mid-Autumn Festival is just around the corner. Although festive activities are scale down this year due to COVID-19, you can still enjoy the Festival with the following tips suggested by various government departments and organisations. Best Time for Moon-watching One of the must-do activities in the Mid-Autumn Festival is moon-watching. The Mid-Autumn Festival this year falls on 10 September. According to the forecast of the Hong Kong Observatory, the times of moonrise and transit will be at 6:43 pm (on 10 September) and 0:40 am (in the next morning) respectively. To schedule your moon-watching activities, please refer to the 9-Day Weather Forecast for information on the latest weather conditions during the Mid-Autumn Festival period. Mooncake Equations Mooncakes are essential for the Festival. However, mooncake is high in sugar, fat and energy content. When you enjoy your mooncakes, you are recommended to take good control of your consumption by referring to the Mooncake Equations by The Centre for Health Protection. Also, remember to check the safety tips suggested by the Centre for Food Safety, such as origin, expiry dates, packaging and nutrition labels, and to observe good hygiene during the food handling process. Check-in the Festive Lantern Installations The Drainage Services Department will host different activities, to celebrate the coming Mid-Autumn Festival. Admission to all activities is free. A thematic lantern displays entitled "Rivers in the City" will be held at the Jordan Valley Channel in Ngau Tau Kok and the Kai Tak River near Morse Park (Park No. 1) in Wong Tai Sin from 5 September to 18 September. The light-up time at Jordan Valley Channel will be between 6:30 pm and 11:00 pm daily and extended to 11:30 pm on 10 September whereas the light-up time at Kai Tak River will be between 6:30 pm and 10:00 pm daily and extended to 11:00 pm on 10 September. (The giant moon lantern displayed at Jordan Valley Channel) The Sustainable Lantau Office will organise the "Love and Reunion" Lantern Festival at Tung Chung East Promenade to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. The Lantern Festival will feature a series of festive decorations including a giant neon lantern and a 4-metre tall lantern wall designed by renowned young architect Mr Stanley Siu. About 1 000 lanterns will hang along the promenade. The lighting hours are 6:30pm to 10pm daily, extended to 10.30pm on the Mid-Autumn Day and the following day (September 10 and 11 respectively). Shadow puppet shows, traditional culture workshops, and festive riddle games will be held at the Lantern Festival venue on the Mid-Autumn Day and the following day. Register available on-site on a first-come, first-served basis. (The heart-shaped neon arches along the promenade) Lantern Making Workshop Join the “Lantern Crafting Workshop” now to learn to make your own lantern and enjoy a green Mid-Autumn Festival! Two workshops, organised by City Gallery, will be held from on 10 and 11 September at Community Lounge. Each workshop offers 24 vacancies which provided on a first-come-first-served basis. Here is the link for online application.
Let's cherish the precious things in our life, both our beloved family and the great environment, in the Mid-Autumn Festival and ever after! Here are some tips for the Festival so that you could waste less with your family and friends in this warm and gathering season. Donate excess mooncakes Estimate how many mooncakes you need before placing orders, and ask your friends and family if they have any preferences on flavours to prevent waste. If you have excess mooncakes, you may donate them to charity. Here is the list of mooncake donation programmes. Recycle mooncake boxes To recycle clean and recyclable mooncake boxes, you shall separate mooncake boxes and other packaging materials, e.g. plastic holders, based on the materials. Then, deliver them to GREEN@COMMUNITY or organisations carrying out relevant collection programmes. Reuse lanterns Avoid buying lanterns of styles easily outdated so that they can be used again next year. Keeping the lanterns for next year can help you reduce waste and save money at the same time. Reference: Hong Kong Waste Reduction Website
Intangible Cultural Heritage Promotional Videos ProjectThe Intangible Cultural Heritage Office and the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong co-organised the “Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage Promotional Videos Project” in 2019. Through this project, students have produced 7 sets 360-degree virtual reality videos and documentaries for introducing local intangible cultural heritage (ICH) items. Under the guidance of instructors, students seized the opportunity to have close contact with local ICH items, interact directly with ICH bearers, as well as conduct video recordings of the activities by themselves, whereby deepening their understanding of each of the ICH items. Let’s enjoy their works together! Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance The event has been held for more than 100 years. Tai Hang was originally a Hakka village. The folk story has it that a plague broke out in Tai Hang in 1880. To dispel the disaster and ward off the disease, villagers crafted a dragon and inserted joss sticks all over it. On the evening of the 14th, 15th and 16th of the eighth lunar month, villagers paraded with the fire dragon around the village and let off firecrackers. The plague ended soon afterwards. Since then, villagers have performed the three-day fire dragon dance every year to pray for peace in Tai Hang. Tai Hang fire dragon dance was inscribed onto the third national list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2011. For more about Tai Hang fire dragon dance, please visit the website of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office.
The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra is launching a series of music videos on the theme of Chinese festivals. Following the earlier released Dragon Boat, which went viral online, here is the second one in the series, Moon Chaser. What an amazing visual display of the versatility of Chinese plucked-string instruments through the macro lens! Wish you have a Happy Moon Festival!Composer: Ng King-panDirector: Cheung Kit-bongYangqin: Lee Meng-hsuehXiaoruan: Ge YangPipa: Zhang Ying, Shiu Pui YeeZhongruan: Fung Yin Lam, Wu Man-linDaruan: Lau Yuek-lamQinqin: Wong Yui KiuSanxian: Zhao TaishengZheng: Li TingtingPercussion: Luk Kin Bun Special thanks: HKCO