Take a Walk with the Lanterns – APU Mid-Autumn Celebrations 2014

Students and staff of different cultural backgrounds took part in the Lantern Walk

Thursday, 11 SeptThursday, 11 SeptThe Chinese Language and Culture Society (CLCS) of Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) hosted one of its biggest celebrations in the year – the Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations. Prior to the main event, mooncakes and traditional Chinese desserts were already being sold at the Foyer to raise funds on behalf of the MAA-MEDICare Kidney Charity Fund.

The 24 Seasons Drums team from SMK Taman Yarl presented the grand opening performance, which attracted APU students and staff to gather at the Foyer and the corridors to witness the splendid performance. The APU Diabolo team then took over the stage to demonstrate several well-choreographed skills accompanied by “epic” music. This was then followed by a magic performance by two of our students. The thrilling atmosphere then extended to the Sichuan Face Changing Performance; where the performer earned a huge round of applause by changing various masks on her face without using her hands while dancing. Spectators were then entertained by Hip Hop performances, Traditional Dance + Latin Dance performances from APU Dance Club and APU CLCS respectively. The 24 Seasons Drums team then closed the show with another rousing performance.

As night fell, students and lecturers prepared themselves for the Lantern Walk. Armed with traditional paper lanterns housing brightly lit candles, over 150 students and staff walked around TPM and the APU campus. A few adventurous ones even took part in the Station Games that was being held in the campus after that. Many international students and non-Chinese students who were first-timers to the celebration expressed their joy and excitement at learning about the festival and the Chinese culture. “This is my very first time participating in the celebration at APU. It was a great and amazing experience. Me and my friends had so much fun!” said Vikna Raj, a student from the School of Foundation (SoF). “This year’s Mid-Autumn Celebration was the largest in CLCS’s history. It was a great night overall.” said Chong Zhao Xian, student of BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering, also the ex-president of the Chinese Language & Cultural Society (CLCS) of APU. “We are glad that everyone enjoyed the event. Our hard work paid off.” said Wong Khai Xin, Secretary of the APU CLCS.

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