On Sunday evening I went to see the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay neighborhood. We watched a 220 year old Fire Dragon Dance, in which the dragon was made entirely out of burning incense. It was different from the other dragon dances I've seen in Chinatown, except the dragon was real slow in making its appearance, and Mom and I had already melted into puddles of sweat. We were "chee chee nup nup" (Cantonese for sticky).
We then walked to Victoria Park where crowds swarmed the special celebration grounds. It was so cute to see all the children holding their little lanterns that they picked out for the holiday. I equate it to the tradition of picking out a pumpkin for Halloween. The lanterns come in all different shapes and varieties. Traditional lanterns are made of paper and wire and are usually in the shape of bunnies or starfruit. More modern lanterns are like plastic blow-up toys, and many popular choices are Pixar's Cars and Buzz Lightyear, Disney's Stitch, My Melody, and Hello Kitty tops them all. There were dance and singing performances and elaborate lantern displays for families to enjoy under a bright and beautiful full moon.