Celebrating Moon Festival 2014

Almost 1000 students and staff at the University of Sydney gathered to celebrate Moon Festival on Monday 8 September, one of the largest festivals on the Chinese calendar. Celebrated every year when the full moon is at its brightest, it brings friends and family together.

The China Studies Centre, Confucius Institute and the University of Sydney Union hosted a day of activities at its Camperdown Campus to help Chinese students celebrate this important festival with students, staff and members of the community.

"There is a Chinese saying about the Moon Festivalthat means when the moon is at its fullest, people come together," Professor Kerry Brown, director of the China Studies Centre said.

"We embraced this philosophy to create this event at the University of Sydney to celebrate Moon Festival. We wanted to bring the University community together to help celebrate this important holiday with our Chinese staff and students."

A large number of international Chinese students participated in the event, including Ms Wen Chen, a Masters of Media Practice student.

"Moon festival is all about family reunion, and I miss my loved ones at home on such an important day. This event is a great chance for us to celebrate the festival with new friends and it helps me get a feeling of home in Australia," Ms Chen said.

Participants were all given a free moon cake and encouraged to participate in a variety of Chinese cultural activities including paper cutting, Chinese painting, tea tasting, Chinese riddles, calligraphy, music and kung fu performances.

Staff and students were also invited to write a wish for the future and post it on the luck wall.

On display at the event were the Instagram photos submitted by University staff and students as part of an online competition to capture 'what home means to you'.

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