The second “Golden Week” of the year is fast-approaching in Hong Kong, a time to celebrate the National Day in China (Oct 1st), and during which natives and tourists flock away from the mainland in search of celebration, entertainment, and togetherness. As the nights draw in over Hong Kong, soft lights come on, sky lanterns are released and wishes are made by locals as the lanterns gently rise, become smaller and smaller, and slowly disappear into the night.
We’ve heard talk of some wish lantern customers actually travelling to the festival this year to partake in some of the celebrations and visit the attractions which spring up, such as the numerous street festivals, the selling of mooncakes, and children carrying their own hand made paper lanterns after dark. Hopefully they’ll be carefully packing some lanterns with them so they too can really become part of the celebrations! And once they set the lanterns off, they can rest assured that they will burn away whilst still in the sky, and any material left which may come back down to earth is completely biodegradable.
It should be a great holiday this year, particularly following the high of last year’s Beijing Olympics – spirits are still high in China, and the locals are keen to celebrate and come together at this special time of year.