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The Mid-Autumn Festival is just around the corner. Although festive activities are limited this year due to COVID-19, you can still enjoy the Festival with family members and friends with the following tips suggested by various government departments. Best time for moon watching One of the must-do activities in Mid-Autumn Festival is moon-watching. The Mid-Autumn Festival this year falls on September 21. According to the forecast of the Hong Kong Observatory, the times of moonrise and transit will be at 6:47 pm (on September 21) and 0:54 am (in the next morning) respectively. To schedule your moon-watching activities, please refer to the 9-Day Weather Forecast for the planning of moon-watching activities on the latest weather conditions during the Mid-Autumn Festival period. Seven keys to Enjoying Mooncakes Mooncakes are essential for the Festival. When you enjoy your mooncakes, don’t forget to check the seven tips suggested by the Centre for Food Safety, such as origin, expiry dates, packaging and nutrition labels, and to keep clean during the food handling process. A Greener Mid-Autumn Some green tips shared by the Environmental Department, which are summarised below, help you to reduce waste and enjoy an eco-friendly Mid-Autumn Festival. Choose mooncakes with simple or environmentally friendly packaging and avoid ordering an excessive amount. Avoid buying bottled waters or lanterns. Use reusable utensils. Reuse lanterns of previous years or be creative to make lanterns from waste; avoid buying lanterns made of unrecyclable materials. If you opt for camping or hiking to enjoy the full moon in the countryside, remember to “Bring Your Litter Home” and conserve nature. Clean mooncake boxes before putting them into the appropriate recycle bins. You can easily find a nearby recycling point at public places (including those within the country park barbecue sites) via the mobile application “Waste Less”. Lantern Making Workshop Join the “Mid-Autumn Festival Workshop” to learn to make your own lantern and enjoy a green Mid-Autumn Festival! The workshop, organised by City Gallery, will be held from 18 to 19 September 2021 at Community Lounge. 12 free-of-charge vacancies will be provided on-site on a first-come-first-served basis. (The image above is designed by the student of Hong Kong Design Institute)
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