中秋節 [zhong-chiu-jie] is the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. It was celebrated 4 days early at my daughters’ school, Chung Hua Middle School in Kuala Belait, Brunei. Despite the rain, there was a very good turnout. If you compared attendance during PTA meetings, the nearly 300 strong parents and their children made this event a runway success. [Read more about the Mid-Autumn Festival in my previous post.]
The Mid-Autumn Festival today commemorates the victorious overthrow of the Mongols who ruled China during the Yuan Dynasty. Mooncakes were the special weapon — SMS !!.
After formalities such as opening speeches, lanterns were lit. Suddenly, the school compound came alive, with lights. The lanterns on display were made by students as part of their artwork, and there were those made by teachers. A panel of judges selected the winning works-of-art. Mr. Chin Fen Kee, the school’s instructor of martial arts and lion and dragon dances won the adult category with his creation of Dragon lantern.
The event was nothing short of spectacular. Students performed dances and sang songs. One highlight was fashion extravaganza. Student designed and trotted their one-of-a-kind haute couture fashion made from recycled materials — news- papers, bottle caps, collapsible sun screens, plastic bags. A very creative a-la-mode exercise, fun-filled and entertaining.
Aside from karaoke singing, parents and their children participated in Guess What activities — there was a 2 kg (1.77kg actually) cake over-decorated with mooncakes, and 3 jars of peanuts. Parents whose guess came closest received prizes. The moon-cake weighed 1.77 kg and the number of peanuts, 135. This Guess What booth was hottest!
And, what would a Mid-Autumn Festival without young children parading their lanterns? Led by teachers, some 30 children gleefully joined the procession while their parents enjoyed the reverie and drinking tea, eating sweetcakes and enjoying karaoke songs belted out by interested attendees.
The Chung Hua Middle School’s Mid-Autumn Festival was a happy event for both parents and children of all ages.
GALLERY OF IMAGES:
P/S Did you know all the fashion show photos can be found here: Click CHMS 中秋節 Fashionistas. [To view a larger photo, hold CTRL and click on the photo to open in a new window. If you wish to download any of the images, yes you may, right click and select “Save Image As” (in Firefox) or “Save Target As” (in Explorer)]
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