Talking West Cheshire

Celebrating the Chinese Moon Festival

17 September 2010

Karen Hui and her son Sean join families across Cheshire who have been working with Cheshire artist, Russell Kirk to make paper lanterns to bring along to the Chinese Moon Festival Parade in Chester on WednesdayThe Wah Lei Chinese Association is celebrating the Chinese Mid-Autumn festival in a spectacular lantern parade in Chester city centre.

Families across Cheshire have been working with Cheshire artist, Russell Kirk to make paper lanterns to bring along to the festival parade, also named Zhong Qiu Jie or Moon Festival, on Wednesday 22 September at 6.30pm.

The Moon Festival is alike to a harvest festival, celebrating a successful annual crop, and centres around the giving and receiving of mooncakes – a cake filled with a range of sweet meats.

The Moon Festival will include a celebration with mooncakes, music and cultural storytelling at the Wesley Church Cafe in St John Street. Families can then join in a lantern parade from Eastgate Street to the Town Hall Square - accompanied by a lion dance, fire-eaters, and musicians with drums and bells.

Mia Tan, Chair of Wah Lei Chinese Association, said: "We have worked together with the local community to bring about better cultural understanding with workshops in the local community including the Mulberry Centre in Sealand, Belgrave Primary School and a Great Sutton Youth Centre.

“The Moon Festival celebrations signify harmony and unity and will bring together families and friends with food and fun.

“We are delighted to receive enquiries from local groups and organisations that would like to join us in our cultural celebrations. Children and adults across Cheshire are making lanterns in our workshops to bring along to the parade. It is going to be a colourful evening."

The Council’s Equality and Diversity Champion, Councillor Razia Daniels added: “This is a marvellous opportunity to experience a little bit of Chinese culture and I hope as many people as possible are able to come along and enjoy this exciting event.”

The Wah Lei Chinese Association promotes cultural harmony and understanding in a bid to improve the economic and social wellbeing, and prevent isolation and discrimination of Chinese people in the community.

For more information or to become a member of Wah Lei Chinese Association visit the Wah Lei Homepage.