Food, fun and fellowship at the inaugural Moon Festival dinner
On Saturday 5 September, the PLC Sydney community held its first ever Moon Festival celebration at the Zilver Chinese Restaurant in Haymarket.
The celebration of the Moon Festival in Asian countries has a very long history. It falls on the fifteenth day of August in lunar calendar, which coincides with autumn harvest. Hence, it is always associated with the celebration of harvest. On the day the moon is invariably bright and perfectly round, symbolising perfection and unity.
Whist the event began as an Asian parents' initiative, it was wholeheartedly supported and organised by PLC Sydney Foundation. More than 300 guests attended the Asian-themed celebration, which showcased the cultural diversity of our college community.
The evening began with the sound of a gong, followed by a trio of female entertainers. Our own talented performer, Mapel Lee in Year 11, charmed us with a beautiful song played on the Guzheng, an ancient Chinese string instrument.
Highlights of the night included a parade of colourful and exquisite ethnic costumes from Vietnam, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, China, Thailand and India; delicious cuisine; a traditional lion dance and a lantern parade by our Junior School students all dressed in their own cultural attire.
A group of parents, teachers and students moved onto the stage and sang the very popular song ‘The Moon Represents my Heart’. Our Boarders finished with a rousing rendition of ‘I am, you are, we are Australians’, joined by the entire audience.
It was a wonderful evening of fun, beautiful food and fellowship, which brought together our families and the PLC Sydney community in a festival of unity.
Mrs ZhuPing Lim
Wife of PLC Sydney College Council Chairman, Dr David Lim.