Chinese Moon Festival plans

Chinese dancersThe Moon Festival, which is being jointly organised by the Confucius Institute at La Trobe University, Darebin City Council and the North Eastern Melbourne Chinese Association (NEMCA), celebrates the second most important Chinese holiday after Chinese New Year.

Professor Pei Likun, Director of the Confucius Institute, said that for Chinese people the Moon Festival is one of the few reunion holidays for Chinese families.

‘Traditionally celebrating the mid-autumn end of harvest season, people return home for a reunion, gather with friends and family, admire the full moon and eat moon cakes.

‘In Australia and the southern hemisphere, this festival day occurs in early spring and gives the occasion a new meaning: the first full moon of the new season invokes nostalgia with winter on our heels and the energy of summer on the horizon.’

Professor Likun said the Confucius Institute is dedicated to the promotion of a better understanding of Chinese culture in local communities. 

‘2012 marks the 40th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and China and this constitutes a major milestone in the diplomatic history of both countries. This event will further promote the cultural understanding between the people of Australia and China.’

Professor John Rosenberg, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at La Trobe University said the annual event would be the first of many for the University to support in the future.

‘We are eager to support and become engaged in local cultural activities that foster a greater understanding of global culture.’

The Moon Festival Celebration will take place from 1pm to 5 pm at the Shire and Town Halls, Darebin City Council, 274 Gower Street, Preston. All activities of the day will be free of charge. Moon cake and other traditional Chinese food for this occasion will be available for purchase. For more visit www.latrobe.edu.au/confucius-institute

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