12 September 2011
A celebration of the traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn festival was held on the rooftop on 11thSeptember 2011. The Mid-Autumn festival is held every year on the 15thday of the eighth month on the lunar calendar, when the moon is at its fullest.
This roundness of the full moon on this night symbolizes togetherness and family reunion. And as this festival coincides with the harvest season in China, it is also a time for families to celebrate another year of hard work.
On this special occasion, mooncakes are eaten and shared by everyone. The story of eating mooncakes can be dated back to the dynasty of Yuan, when moon cakes were used to carry secret messages between warriors. People later on eat moon cakes as a symbol for victory.
On the 11thSeptember the rooftop was decorated with hundreds of lanterns. Traditional Chinese music played in the background while 170 moon cakes were. Although residents may not be able to reunite with their families on this occasion, it has nevertheless been an unforgettable night celebrated with friends.