Date
23 March 2017
Lighting up candles and playing glow-in-the-dark toys have been always part of the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival at Victoria Park. Photo: Reuters
Lighting up candles and playing glow-in-the-dark toys have been always part of the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival at Victoria Park. Photo: Reuters

Romantic night at the park ruined by candlelight restrictions

A romantic evening to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival was ruined because of a baffling rule imposed on revelers at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay on Sunday.

A man surnamed Cheung told Apple Daily that he could not understand why authorities had to impose a restriction on how many candles can be lighted up on the grounds of the park.

Cheung had been looking forward to an enjoyable evening with his girlfriend by watching the glorious full moon at the park.

But as he was lighting up candles on the lawn, a female security guard came up to him and told him that he was only allowed to light up four candles at most.

Asked why, the guard said it was a rule set by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

And so Cheung had to put out the light in about dozen or so candles he had brought.

He said he had been lighting up as many candles as he wanted to in the more than 10 years he had been celebrating the festival at Victoria Park, and this was the first time that such a rule had been set.

A spokesman said the department has never set a limit to the number of candles that can be lighted up during the festival, but park employees could advise citizens if they see danger from having too many lit candles. 

He did not say why the security guard warned Cheung in the name of the department.

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