In The Light Of The Brightest Moon

16:53' 05-09-2018
Spring is now here, but in Asia people are about to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, or Harvest Moon, on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Asian calendar. In 2018 this takes place on Saturday 22 September.

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    The date is based on the time rice matures and gets harvested, so the festival as an opportunity to celebrate the harvest and to show their gratitude. It is believed the moon is at its roundest and brightest at this time, symbolising togetherness and reunion in Chinese culture, so it is also a time for families to get together.

    With its large Asian community, Melbourne has a number of free events to mark the occasion. Bring your friends and family to share in the fun.

    Box Hill

    Box Hill Mall, Market and Main Streets, Box Hill

    Saturday 22nd September 10am to 5pm

    The oldest event is the 28th Melbourne Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, and is organised by the Melbourne Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce.

    There will be 60 marquees, as well as various international cuisines, arts and crafts, lantern decorating, and a full entertainment programme, including lion dancing, live performances, games and competitions.

    Dandenong

    Dandenong Market, Corner Clow and Cleeland Streets

    Sunday 23 September 10am to 4pm

    Enjoy the food, flavours, aromas and sounds at Dandenong Market's Full Moon Festival, now in its fifth year. The festival features the awe-inspiring lion dance, as well as Melbourne's largest and longest Hong Kong style performing dragon.

    Sunshine Lantern Festival

    301 Hampshire Rd, Sunshine

    Sunday 23 September 10am to 9pm

    Join in for plenty of community and family-friendly fun with entertainment, carnival rides, street performers, live music, food and drink stalls, magical lion and dragon dancing, lantern parade, firework displays, and more.

    Crown Riverwalk

    8 Whiteman Street, Southbank

    Friday 21 September to Sunday 23 September, 10am to 10pm

    Now in its eighth year, this year’s festival shines brightly with stage entertainment, more than 30 market stalls selling trinkets and delicious Asian food, and the return of the wall of lanterns.

    There will also be Asian cooking shows, music from a duet performing classical Shanghai theme songs, children’s lantern-making workshops and a children’s lantern parade, joined by the festival’s roving “dream bear”.

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