More than 1000 students and staff gathered to celebrate Moon Festival, one of the largest festivals on the Chinese calendar and one of the most popular cultural events in Sydney.
The China Studies Centre organised a day of activities centred around this year’s theme of ‘over the moon’ at the University of Sydney’s Camperdown Campus to help Chinese students celebrate this important festival with fellow students, staff and members of the community.
“The Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is celebrated every year when the full moon is at its brightest, and has traditionally been a time when friends and family come together," Professor Kerry Brown, director of the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre, said.
"This is our third year running this event at the University. Each year the event gets bigger and better as the University community comes together to celebrate this important holiday with our Chinese staff and students."
Participants were all given a free moon cake and encouraged to participate in a variety of Chinese cultural activities including paper cutting, Chinese painting, Tai Ji and musical 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 the theme ‘over the moon’.
The event was organised with support from the Confucius Institute, the University of Sydney Union, the Centre for English Teaching, the Tsuru food truck, the City of Sydney International Students Leadership and Ambassador Program, the Chinese dance and musical instruments association, and China Travel Service.
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