Zhong qiu Jie in mandarin means Mid-Autumn Festival and is one of the most important events for the Chinese community. It is also known as Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival. Traditionally, during this festival Chinese family members and friends will gather together to admire the bright of the mid-autumn harvest moon, while eating moon cakes and lighting lanterns.
In conjunction with this celebration, KLIUC’s Chinese Cultural Society has successfully organized the KLIUC Mid-Autumn Festival 2010 to share the excitement of the festival and Chinese traditions to the community of KLIUC regardless of their background. For the first time the event was held outdoor and the venue was beautifully decorated with a ‘dragon’ replica and lanterns were almost everywhere to be seen.
The festival started with the welcoming speech by the emcees and a wonderful choreographed Chinese Traditional Dance by KLIUC students. The event was officiated by the President of KLIUC, Prof. Dr. Zulkifli b. Abd. Hamid and witnessed by the Director of Ikram Education Sdn. Bhd., Tuan Haji Baharuddin Alang Ishak; Vice President Academic II, Assoc. Prof. Christiantine Della; Advisor of Chinese Cultural Society, Tan Tiak Kun; students and special guests.
The highlight of the night was the Chinese Diabolo (che ling), OKU wheelchair performance and Drum Circles performance that have brought a wonderful experience to the audience. Apart from these live performances, the event also became a platform for the KLIUC students to show their hidden talents as actors or actresses through the spontaneous Drama which received commendable applause from the crowds. There were also lucky draws for the guests, offering attractive prizes and hampers.
Aside from the participation of the Chinese Cultural Society’s members, the event also witnessed active involvements from other clubs and societies such as Photography Club (KLIUC Shuttlebug), Floorball Club, Entrepreneur Club, Drum Circles, English Language Society (ELS) and many more.
The event which ended around mid night would definitely be an unforgettable event for the audience. According to the Organizing Chairperson, Lester Cham Sze Yau, “We hope the event meets its objectives to introduce Chinese cultures and traditions to the KLIUC community especially those from different ethnics and cultures background”.