22nd September 2023 – (Hong Kong) In a bid to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in grand style, the Sustainable Lantau Office (SLO) under the Civil Engineering and Development Department, along with the Islands District Office, is all set to organise the highly anticipated Happy Moon Lantern Festival. Taking place at the picturesque Tung Chung East Promenade, this festival promises to captivate the hearts of locals and visitors alike. The event will span from tomorrow to 8th October, offering an extended period of merriment and cultural revelry.
Renowned film director and contemporary artist, William Kan, has lent his creative touch to the festival’s layout and design, ensuring a visually stunning experience for attendees. The promenade will be adorned with an impressive array of nearly 3,000 lanterns, suspended in the air, casting a magical glow throughout the area. Among the captivating lantern decorations, visitors will have the pleasure of beholding a colossal “happy moon” and enchanting “twin rabbits” displays.
To mark the commencement of the Lantern Festival, a grand lighting ceremony will take place at 7pm on 23rd September, igniting the promenade with a radiant glow. Subsequently, the lanterns will illuminate the night sky from 6.30pm to 10pm daily. On the auspicious occasion of the Mid-Autumn Festival and the subsequent day (29th and 30th September respectively), the lighting hours will be extended until 11pm, allowing attendees to bask in the ethereal ambience for longer.
Adding to the festivities, the Islands District Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival will be merged with the National Day celebrations at Tung Chung East Promenade. Visitors can immerse themselves in a wide range of activities, including the opportunity to experience traditional hanfu clothing, cultural performances, engaging art workshops, challenging lantern riddles, and exciting booth games. This convergence of traditions and national pride promises to create an atmosphere of unity and joy.