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Lansdowne holding Mid-Autumn Festival event

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:43 PDT, Fri September 9, 2022

Lansdowne Centre is celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival with the diverse community of Richmond. 

The event runs tomorrow (Sept. 10) from noon to 4 p.m., and aims to promote inclusivity given the growing number of hate-motivated incidents in the city. The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated in many Asian cultures including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and other east and southeast Asian countries. 

“It is the tradition for Lansdowne Centre to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with our communities. Families get together for sumptuous food, mooncake, and display lanterns on the fullest moon of the year. We are excited that everything can be found at Lansdowne Centre this year including the moon rabbit and the ‘super’ moon,” says marketing manager Bronwyn Bailey. “There is another layer of meaning this year, we want to send the message loud and clear that ‘Hate Has No Place’ in Richmond and we embrace inclusivity.” 

Booths range from Mid-Autumn themed sugar art, children’s arts and crafts, a recycling challenge, an RCMP community booth, and the popular spinning wheel giving out stuffed veggies in support of the Food Garden which addresses food insecurity.

Representatives from the federal and provincial governments, city council, and Richmond RCMP will talk about the call-to-action in case a citizen faces a hate crime incident.

The history of the Mid-Autumn Festival dates back over 3,000 years; it falls on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. On this day, it is believed that the moon is at its brightest and fullest size, coinciding with harvest time in the middle of autumn. 

Lanterns of all sizes and shapes are carried and displayed—symbolic beacons that light people's path to prosperity and good fortune. Mooncakes, fruits, and other traditional foods are served during this festival which also symbolizes family reunion and harvest. The Mid-Autumn Festival is based on the legend of Chang'e, the moon goddess in Chinese mythology.

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