Yesterday was Mid-Autumn Festival (it falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month of the Chinese calendar, when this day the moon is the brightest and fullest). During this time and as a tradition, family members will gather around to admire the full moon while eating mooncakes, steamed mini yams and pomelos with servings of tea while the children have fun playing with their lanterns.

So on Saturday evening, my husband and I decided to bring our daughter to a lantern festival held at the Chinese Garden. This year's theme is "F8-Hello Kitty Go Races!". As this was the first time she attended to such event, we could tell she really enjoyed it a lot. Here are some of the pictures we took at the said event:

There were a lot of people and it was hard to get your pictures taken with some people jostling around.

Vroom! Vroom!
"Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engine!"

Congratulations to Kitty, who got first prize in the race!

It's party time!

We were thrilled to see some fireworks. We did not take many pictures of them as my husband had captured it all on video.

Row, row, row your boat, gently down the sea...

Some Chinese ladies blowing their flutes.

One of the highlights in the Chinese Garden - The Pagoda. The lighted figurine at the top is Lady Chang'e, who is believed to be the Chinese goddess of the moon.

A carp out of water.

Well, I hope you enjoy viewing these pictures. I just had a quarter piece of a mooncake before putting up this post, and it was delicious! ;-P

14 Responses
  1. Wow--that is QUITE the festival!! Reminds me a little bit of the light parade at Disneyland from when I was a kid, but somehow I don't think that compares.

  2. Look at all those Hello Kitties! What great fun, Melody! I love the photos. Thank you for sharing. :-)

  3. Amy Says:

    OH my gosh, there aren't words to describe how I love Hello Kitty!! ;) Thanks for these gorgeous pictures.

  4. Alice Says:

    Beautiful pics, Melody! Thanks for sharing! I want more... LOL.

  5. Melody Says:

    Trish - It is! We had a great time! I'd love to visit Disneyland (US) if I've the chance! So far, only been to Disneyland Hong Kong. ;)

    Wendy - They're cute, aren't they? They're my favourite cartoon characters when I was a kid (although I still enjoy them as an adult now, hehe). ;)

    Amy - Aha! Another Hello Kitty fan! Hope you enjoyed viewing them. ;)

    Alice - Thanks! Too bad I wasn't the one who took the pics, LOL. We didn't take too many pics but there are a few pics that I didn't post and you may find them at Flickr (bottom left of my blog). :)

  6. Ladytink_534 Says:

    Love these pictures! Sounds like a blast.

  7. Debi Says:

    Oh Melody, this was so fun to read about! And what fabulous, fabulous photos! Glad you all had such a wonderful time!

  8. Ana S. Says:

    What lovely pictures! I especially love the carp. Thanks for sharing, Melody. I'm glad you had such a good time :)

  9. Melody Says:

    Jen - Yep, we had a great time! :D Hopefully next year the organizer will have another great theme.

    Debi - I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

    Nymeth - There're actually two carps facing each other but the hubs decided to shoot one of them, hehe.

  10. Iliana Says:

    This looks like so much fun! Oh and those mooncakes sound yummy.

    Glad to hear you guys had such a good time!

  11. Ruth King Says:

    The pictures are GORGEOUS! What a wonderful event.

  12. Melody Says:

    Iliana - I LOVE mooncakes! I'll never get tired of eating them!! ;P

    Ruth - Thanks! We're hoping to visit again next year. :)

  13. Julia Says:

    WOW, your husband capture the lantern light so beautifully! It cool to see "Hello Kitty" there, it happen to be one of my niece favorite things!

    It nice that your family enjoy the time at the Mid-Autumn Festival, and that the mooncakes were success!

    Would love to see the video of the firework, if given the permission to ask to see it? I love watching firework.

  14. Melody Says:

    Thank you, Julia! I'll make sure to pass your comment to him. ;)

    The festival was fun! I know my daughter really enjoyed a lot. Hopefully we'll be able to attend the same event next year again... As for the video, I'm not sure how to load it online so I'm afraid you've to be disappointed.

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