My cousin asked me to show her Scottish colleague around Hong Kong, on the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
To the Chinese, Mid-Autumn is the day when those living abroad get particularly home-sick. This is because the full moon, which always appear on Mid-Autumn, symbolizes union with one’s family. The moon is also a reminder of home, because it is always the same as the one at home, no matter where it is viewed.
I took her to the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance. To our surprise, among the drums, lanterns and the dragon, there were the bagpipe players, complete in traditional highland outfit. Seeing the traditions from two distinct cultures mixed together is surreal.
The moon may not have reminded her of Scotland, but the bagpipe and kilt surely did.