Everyone has the day off today! Why you ask? To recover from all the moon watching last night.
To read more about the reasons behind the mid-Autumn festival, check out my post from last year.
I headed down to Victoria Park with a few girlfriends to check out all the festivities.
Everyone camps out with their families and lights candles and lanterns to pay homage to the moon. The picnicking in a park makes it a little like the Fourth of July and little kids wandering around with lanterns and glow-stick adornments makes it a little bit like Halloween.
I was quite taken by it all! Everyone was so happy and excited!!
Love the glasses above glasses. The holiday is second only to Chinese New Year so it’s the equivalent of Thanksgiving.
I have to admit, whether you’re a pyro or not, playing with fire is really fun.
Of course, the bunny ears. He has mounted candles in coconut pieces.
Just outside the picnic grounds was the more formal lantern / LED light display. I’m not sure of the significance, but we saw a lot of sheep lanterns.
This dog, in red shoes, was the hit of the party!
My friend Wendy (left) takes it all in! How adorable is she!?!
The city also sponsored fortune telling as part of the festivities.
Even though we couldn’t really tell who was telling versus receiving, people lined up for hours to have their palms read.
These little ones were my favorite. The girl deftly stole the lantern we had given her brother from him!
The festival is really for everyone… of any age. What could be more romantic than walking around a mountain top with a sheep lighting your way?
Also, I like the idea of having the day after a holiday off, don’t you?