One of the most important holidays on the Chinese Calendar, is a celebration dating back 3,000 years, when a gentleman named Chang’e was lifted up to the moon. We’re guessing he was consequently worshiped. This time of the year, the moon is at its fullest and brightest, so China continues to celebrate. This is also known at the Lantern Festival, so you see folks carrying lots of little lanterns and eating a ton of moon cakes.
The festival was more or less Victoria Park decorated with teams of electrical lights, and a few light displays. Nothing fantastic. For some reason, I was expecting something different, a little more traditional. Perhaps we would all huddle around the riverfront, make some charitable donation to receive a modest lantern with candle, light it and watch it float away on warm air and our wishes of good health and prosperity. I guess I’m too romantic or I’ve watched that on the Discovery Channel at some point.