Moon Festival – A Special Day for the Young

According to the Asian tradition, the celebration of the Moon Festival which is on 15th of the 8th lunar month is a festival for young people. It’s also known as the Mid-autumn Festival. Just like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West, the Moon Festival is one of the important traditional events for the Asian people.
When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems. With the full moon, the legend, the family and the poems, we can think that this is really a perfect world. This time of the year in agricultural countries is the harvest time too. People want to celebrate the festival and focus on children, make them happy…
Every year, St Margaret Mary’s Brunswick where there is a large Vietnamese community, makes this event as a day for young people. We have youth Mass then all are invited to the play ground to enjoy the Lion Dance then go into the Hall for a concert with songs, dances and refreshment… When the Concert is finished, the leaders of the Salesian Youth Club distribute the lanterns to the children, with the help and accompany of their parents the children join the lantern procession before they receive a gift then go home. We hope the children have a good memory about this event when they grow old.
The event is supported by the parish of St Margaret Mary’s, the Department of Social Services of Australian Government and the Association of Vietnamese Parents of Thien An Centre.
By Fr Anthony Nguyen SDB

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