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Rabbitats hopping up to Lansdowne ahead of International Rabbit Day and Mid-Autumn Festival

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:32 PDT, Fri September 22, 2023


The Rabbitats Rescue Society and Lansdowne Centre will be hosting a weekend bunny 'meet n' treat' along with an educational and cultural celebration ahead of the annual Mid-Autumn Festival, a major celebration in the Chinese community falling on Sept. 29 this year. The event will take place on Sept. 23 and 24, between 12 to 4 p.m.

Sept. 23 is also International Rabbit Day, and given it's the Year of the Rabbit, the Sept. 23 weekend is the perfect time to celebrate the 'rabbit in the moon', the bunnies here on earth (especially here on BC's Lower Mainland), and the rescuers, volunteers and adopters who give them their time and resources all year round.  

Rabbitats will be set up at Lansdowne Centre Central Court for our signature 'Meet n' Treat' feature that allows people to enter an enclosure and hand feed the bunnies by donation.  There will also be a cultural display, educational materials, artisan bunny crafts, a photo booth, games and a free kids crafts area. 

The Jade or Moon Rabbit is a mythical figure in East Asian folklore which identifies the dark markings on the near side of the moon as a rabbit.  In the Chinese version, the Jade Rabbit is portrayed as a companion of the Moon goddess Chang'e, constantly pounding the elixir of life or the making of moon cakes with a mortar and pestle. 

"The event is really a thank you from the rabbits – and the rabbit rescuers – to the Asian community for their tremendous support over the last Year of the Rabbit and really over the past decade," says Rabbitats founder Sorelle Saidman.  "I'd guess close to half of our volunteers, fosters, adopters and donors are East Asian, and it was stressful hearing some anti-animal tropes directed at the community especially during Covid, so we thought we should set the record straight."

Rabbitats also thanks the Richmond Community Foundation for their support of this event. 

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