Hong Kong inspiration: Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival

So last weekend it was the Chinese Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival – celebrated during the brightest full moon of the year, it’s been going for 3000 years (!) and is in honour of Chang’e, the Moon Goddess of Immortality.  People light thousands and thousands of lanterns around Asia so that the Goddess can see them from way up in the sky.

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Chinese people get together with family and eat mooncakes with tea – ‘what are mooncakes?!’ I hear you ask, well they’re the weirdest thing I think I’ve ever eaten: a sweet lotus seed paste cake with an egg yolk in the middle:

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Yep, it is an acquired taste… Here’s the hubs and me very tentatively trying our first (and only) mooncake:

Ha, not the most flattering of poses, see what they do to you!

Ahem, moving on…and in Hong Kong there’s also a traditional Fire Dragon Dance:

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Anyway, so it’s a massive deal here in Honkers and we were pretty psyched to see what the fuss was all about – we headed over to Victoria Park with some friends on Sunday night, but I’m sad to say it was a pretty big let down.  There were really just not very many lanterns!  And no floating ones at all – although arguably probably a good thing to not let off a gazillion floating candles into the most densely populated city in the world…

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So I’ve scoured the internet for images from years gone by and in other cities, where it’s what I’d hoped it would look like – is that weird?!  Look how insanely pretty it is though:

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So anyhoo, it all got me thinking about using Chinese lanterns in wedding design (I think they can be kinda tacky for interiors).  Check out these gorgeous inspired event designs, they’re making me want to get married all over again, ha!

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12 comments

  1. Sam says:

    I’ve always loved how lanterns look at weddings, so dreamy and fairytale like! wow, I can just imagine what it must be like seeing the sky come alive with little boxes of light, these images are incredible, I’d love to witness that in person. I don’t think Id be brave enough to try moon cakes, lol. Happy Friday darling!

  2. Natasha says:

    Nothing is more wow than hundreds of lanterns all lit up together at night time especially at a wedding but think you know all about that already 🙂 Er, I grew up with mooncakes and still not convinced. All the more for mum then!!! xxx

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