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【Mike Nahan Column】Chinese Mooncake Festival Comes To Willetton

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Mike Nahan Column

When living in Malaysia, my favorite festival was the Autumn or Mooncake Festival.
I liked the cakes, the legends and the time of year – the inter-monsoonal period in Malaysia.
Later on, it became a favorite of my children for similar reasons although they particularly liked the lanterns and the story about fairies. 
I always wondered why the holiday was not celebrated as much here in Australia. Sure China’s autumn is our spring, but the differences in our seasons do not hinder the celebration of our holidays, such as our distinctly non-white Christmas.
Besides, the festival is not just a Chinese event. It is celebrated by people in many countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines.
The key hindrance appears to be a lack of knowledge. While many Asians celebrate the festival, most non-Asians do not know anything about it.
To address this, I have joined with the Parkwood Chung Wah Chinese Language School to bring the festival, complete with its legend, cakes and activities, to the general public, particularly local children.
The Parkwood Chung Wah Chinese Language School has over 400 students from kindergarten age through to Year 12 who attend courses every Saturday morning. The school runs classes in Chinese Mandarin but it also provides classes on cultural dancing, calligraphy and painting, Chinese Chess, Martial Arts and Chinese musical instruments.
The Chinese Mooncake Festival will be held this Sunday, 19 September from 3pm until 8pm at the Willetton Sports Club, located across the road from the Southlands Shopping Centre in Burrendah Boulevard, Willetton.
The aim is to provide an opportunity for local children and their families from all backgrounds to come together for a pleasant and entertaining event, and to develop a greater understanding of Chinese culture.
Activities will include a play written and acted by the Chung Wah teachers and students, and presented in English, which explains the history of the Mooncake celebration. The day will also include Chinese singing and dancing displays, an exciting Lion Dance and a colourful lantern procession at the end of the evening for everyone to participate.
Entry is free. Chinese finger food, Mooncakes, and a selection of battery-operated paper lanterns, will be on sale.
I encourage everyone to come along and participate in the celebrations of the Mooncake Festival. And I would like to thank the Chung Wah Association and their schools for their help and contribution to the community. In particular, I’d like to thank Sammy Yap, the President of the Parkwood Chung Wah Chinese Language School and his staff for their   
invaluable help with this great community event.

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