My Childhood in Hong Kong- Ch. 2 – Moon Festival

Moon Festival

Moon Festival is a children festival

Moon Festival,also as known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, Lantern Festival,  Mooncake Festival or Zhongqiu Festival, is a popular lunar harvest festival. The official date of this festival is on the 15th of August of the Lunar calendar.

What do kids do on this festival? Playing lantern, eating moon cake, seeking night adventure, etc. Besides, wax boiling is another boys’ favorite game. It is done by heating candle wax to high temperatures and producing wax fire. When high temperature boiling wax is doused  in water, giant fire flame is produced. It was a common fire game for Hong Kong kids, however, it is restricted by law nowadays because of the safety and environmental issues.

When boys play wax fire, girls play lanterns. Lantern comes with big variety, such as traditional candle lanterns and electronic lanterns. They are in different cartoon character or animal shape.

Different of China has different culture on Moon Festival, and this is the story about my place.

If you know how to read Chinese, or if you are curious about the Chinese version of this comic, please visit my Chinese blog.

Dangerous Wax Fire (credit: en.wikipedia.org)

Candle Lantern in Tiger shape (Credit: tw.tranews.com)

Electronic lantern in cartoon character (Credit: http://www.hanchinese.net)

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Posted on October 3, 2011, in Comics, My Childhood in Hong Kong and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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