Festival of the Moon

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 05-Oct-2017

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The Bendigo Chinese Association will host its Annual Harvest Moon Festival on Saturday.

The event will be held at the Dai Gum San Chinese precinct from 2pm.

Family activities start with a lantern making workshop at the Golden Dragon Museum followed by a Chinese dance workshop at 3pm. 

A lantern parade featuring children who participate in the workshop will be held at 3.45pm. 

The association encourages children who are unable to participate in the workshop to make a Chinese lantern at home before the event and arrive in time to participate in the parade.

The Flight of the Phoenix, a symbol of harmonious relationships will open the performance schedule at 4pm. 

Performances of traditional Chinese dance and Lion Dance supported by the Karen Buddhist Dhamma Dhutta Foundation will run until 5pm. 

At the conclusion, members of the public, particularly children will be provided with the opportunity to mix with the colourful Chinese lions up close.

Food and refreshments will be available throughout the event.

Event coordinator Doug Lougoon said for many cultures throughout the world, Harvest Moon Festival celebrates three fundamental concepts which are closely tied to one another.

“The gathering or reunion of family and friends coming together, the giving of thanks for a plentiful harvest and for harmonious relationships and the hope for longevity and prosperity; in essence a good future,” he said.

“The Harvest Moon Festival is a very important celebration for the Chinese people no matter where they live in the world.

“In China the festival marks when people return home to be with family and friends after the end of harvest season. In Australia, the festival falls during early spring, so for the Chinese of Bendigo and Australia, it holds a special meaning, marking the end of winter.” 

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