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The Chinese Association of Southampton successfully held the “22nd Anniversary and Mid-Autumn Festival” Gala
“The moon rises above the sea, and the whole world shares this moment”. At 5:30pm on 21st September 2021, JRC Global Buffet became crowded with festive atmosphere. About 250 people from the Chinese Association of Southampton gathered here to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival and the 22nd anniversary. This is the largest gathering of the Asociation since the outbreak of the pandemic. Such large scale celebration is the best interpretation and demonstration of the beautiful life of overseas Chinese. Members bring their families, children and friends together to join the event with such a high degree of enthusiasm and participation. This shows the love and expectation to the big family of the Chinese Association. The committee members took great pains to organize and to plan a variety of activities and programmes. They began to arrange the scene and test the audio equipment from the early afternoon, for ensuring that the party can be held successfully.
This event received support and participation from people of all walks of life in Southampton. The Sheriff of Southampton, Cabinet Members for ‘Communities, Culture and Heritage’, as well as the Chief Inspector delivered speeches and sent festive greetings to all. Yau Brothers Supermarket, Szechuen Kitchen and Shanghai Bay Chinese Restaurant provided material support for this event.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is the festival with the most humanistic feeling among the traditional Chinese festivals. Naturally, the celebrations include traditional Chinese cultural and artistic performances, including lion dance and bamboo flutes that drew applause and cheers. After a tumult of gongs and drums, the unique lion dance performance pushed the party to a climax. The lion dance performance of the Waterside Lion Dance Group led by Master Tang fascinated the children and added the festive and joyful atmosphere to the party. The gifted chairperson Michael Ng played a bamboo flute, with a brilliant melody, which is refreshing and also evokes homesickness. Promoting traditional Chinese culture is one of the objectives of the Chinese Association. Mr Matthew Li passionately explained the origins, customs and other knowledge of the Mid-Autumn Festival, allowing children born overseas to enter the Mid-Autumn Festival culture and feel the beauty and charm of the traditional Chinese culture and festival. The special guest “Mulan” also time-traveled to the scene, cheering up the celebration.
Respect and love for the elderly have always been the traditional virtues of the Chinese people. Committee members of the association presented the red-package and sincere care to over 70-year-old senior members. These cordial blessings put happy smiles on the faces of the senior members. There were also quiz and raffle draw sessions at the party. While tasting a variety of delicacies, members also have the opportunity to win prizes. Everyone actively participated in the sessions, and the atmosphere of the scene reached another climax. The party ended successfully with everyone singing and laughing.
Reported by Ms Hongbin Kang