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Moon Festival Activities – Moon Gazing

The moon is a symbol of fertility, prosperity and peace, it also indicates nurturing of our dreams, ideas, relationships, love, family, children, work and passion. The full moon symbolises family reunion and an auspicious token of abundance, harmony, and luck. Moon festival is a time to rest, and reflect inward on our life’s journey and nurture noble thoughts that nourish the soul. The harvest festival also encompasses the fruits of labour by the farmers.

The legend of the Moon Goddess is of a beautiful woman who sacrificed her life for the sake of her husband. Chang E, the wife of a great warrior is known to have consumed the elixir, given by her husband to preserve it. Upon consuming she became immortal and flew up into the sky. Chang E's great love for her husband drew her towards the Moon and ever since then she is worshipped as the Moon Goddess. Read More

Legend has it that there were three immortals disguised as poor old men who begged for food from a fox, a monkey and a rabbit. The fox and the monkey offered something to eat for the old men, but the rabbit had nothing to give them. Instead, the rabbit offered itself to the old men to eat its meat, and plunged into the raging fire. Deeply moved by this act they decided to bring the rabbit to the palace of the moon. From then on, the rabbit which lives on the moon is commonly known as the Jade Rabbit. You can see the impression of a rabbit when you look at the full moon. Read More

Traditionally, the lantern was used to symbolise, people letting go of their past and welcome the new self by getting a new lanterns. The lanterns are almost always red and symbolise good fortune. They were mainly used as a toy and decoration. Today the lantern has come to symbolise the festival itself. Lanterns also signified the wish for the sun's light and warmth to return after winter. Today there are a number of patterns, colours and varieties with cartoon characters on them. Children carry them during moon festival to signify that they are carrying the moon itself. Read More

Mooncakes are one of the hallmark traditions of this festival. The round shape symbolises completeness and unity and sharing them among families signifies union of families. Traditional mooncakes have an imprint of Chinese characters for longevity and harmony. They were also used as a means to deliver secret messages hidden in the mooncake by the Yuan Dynasty to take over the Mongolians. The traditional mooncakes were made of lotus seed paste filling, other fillings include sweet bean paste made from azuki red beans, jujube ( dates) paste and five kernel. Read More

Tangyuan also known as rice dumplings is a Chinese dessert made from glutinous rice flour as it is one of the most important harvest of the moon-fesival and mixed with water to form balls which is then cooked and served in boiling water. Tangyuan is usually eaten together with the family and the round shape of the balls and the bowls in which they are served, symbolise family togetherness. Read More

Water caltrops are available during the Chinese Mid- Autumn Festival and are an important part of the traditional festivities. It is eaten during Moon festival along with Mooncakes. The Chinese name for water caltrop is líng jiǎo, ling meaning "caltrop" and jiǎo meaning "horn." Water caltrop looks like the bulls horns which symbolises perseverance. It also looks like a bat which is an auspicious symbol of prosperity (fu) Read More

Rice

Rice is the most important harvest during the mid-autumn harvest festival since it’s a staple food for many Southeast Asians and is regarded as a symbol of fertility, luck and wealth. It also symbolises abundance as it feeds so many people in the world. Rice represents a link between Heaven (Gods) and Earth (Men) and hence most food items such as Tangyuan, rice figurines etc are made using rice during harvest festival.

Moon festival Biscuits

Moon festival biscuits are quite popular. In the olden days, people used leftover dough from making mooncakes to make biscuits in the shape of little piggies without fillings inside. Pigs represent abundance in Chinese culture, and roasted piglets are a norm during the festival and have a chewy crust. They are packed in cages which is symbolic of sentencing couples who were found guilty of adultery to drown in pig cages in the olden days. The animal figures are a great attraction for children and they often come individually packaged in small plastic baskets.

Pomelo is a citrus fruit harvested during the Mid-Autumn Festival. It is usually eaten with mooncakes and other delicacies and is one of the favourite fruits of the Moon Goddess. It is sweet and sour. The Chinese don't dispose the skin after eating it. Instead, they put the pomelo rinds on their heads. In Mandarin, pomelos are called (you zi), a homophone which means ‘Prayer for a son.’ Therefore, eating pomelos and putting their rinds on the head signify a prayer for the youth in the family. Read More

Osmanthus is an important flower which is found in Chinese writings. During the Moon festival, the Chinese celebrate by sitting under the osmanthus trees, drinking tea and cakes made of osmanthus. The fragrant plant symbolises true love, faithfulness, fertility and peace, and the custom of eating it represents giving birth to noble children. The homonym for sweet osmanthus flower sounds similar to high position and is representative of richness and wealth. Read More

The tradition of eating Taro during the Chinese Moon Festival started during the Qing Dynasty. In the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang, the word “taro” has the same pronunciation as “luck is inside”. Eating a bowl full of these tubers during the festival is believed to dispel any bad luck, bringing in good luck and wealth through the year.Read More

Star Fruit
Star Fruit

Star Fruits are known as yángtáo in Chinese and are eaten during Moon Festival along with other fruits and snacks. Yangtao represents sheep which symbolises peace and compassion. As per the Chinese zodiac sign people who belong to the sheep sign tend to be more creative and lovable.

persimmons
Persimmons

Persimmons were also offered to the Moon Goddess and eaten during Moon festival as they are auspicious not only for their festive orange- red colour which represents good luck but also because of their name (shi) a homophone for the word business. They are often eaten to wish for successful business ventures.

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Each Grand Prize winner will win an Authentic Asian dinner voucher worth RRP $150. Winner will be announced on this page and Asian Inspirations Facebook page between 12th October 2015 and 14th October 2015.

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Weekly winners will be decided by popular vote on the Facebook Contest App. Each winner is entitled to an Asian food product hamper worth RRP $100. The weekly winner will be declared each week on this page and Asian Inspirations Facebook page.

Cabramatta Moon Festival Celebrations

Date : 27 Sep 2015

Time : 9am–8pm

Location : Gourmet food and market stalls
John Street, Park Road, Railway Parade and Arthur Street, Cabramatta

Entertainment programs : 11am–8pm

Visit Australia’s biggest and brightest Asian cultural celebration at the Cabramatta Moon Festival event, with a footfall of over 90,000 visitors (native and non-native) each year. Entice yourself with the colourful street parades,exhibitions, lion dances, Vietnamese dance performance, fireworks and to top it all, a beautiful lantern parade led by the Moon Goddess - Chang E herself.
Savour the moon cakes while you participate in the noodle eating and prawn peeling contests. This festival also includes activities such as fun amusement rides and monster trucks.

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Crown Moon Festival

Date: 19 Sep to 20 Sep 2015

Location : Crown Entertainment Complex 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, Melbourne, VIC

Crown’s Moon Festival will feature a series of activities and entertainment including Mooncake making demonstrations, sweet food stalls, special banquet menus and a host of cultural activities and interactive performances.

Crown’s Atrium will be transformed into an Asian market with a stunning internally lit lantern display and many more interesting activities.

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Brisbane Moon Festival 2015

Date: 27 Sept 2015

Time: 12–5:00 PM

Location : Chinatown Mall, Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley,QLD 4006, Australia

This year witness the best of Chinese Moon Festival also known as Mid-Autumn Festival at Queensland University of Technology at Brisbane. The annual event is quite popular among most South east Asians, especially the Chinese as it marks the mid-autumn harvest in China.

The programs for this year includes free Chinese calligraphy, lantern making, and mooncake making workshops for all ages.

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Moon Lantern Festival

Date : 24 Sep to 4 Oct 2015

Time : 4pm- 8:30pm

Location : Over the River Torrens, Adelaide

Featuring the Hong Kong Dragon, this festival has a spectacular fireworks display during the night, with a lantern floating event and night noodle markets that sell an array of Asian delicacies including dumplings and noodles. It also has many South Australian schools participating in cultural events.

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Full Moon Festival

Date : 27 Sep 2015

Location : Dandenong Market, Cleeland and Clow Street, Dandenong, Victoria 3175

Visit the Dandengong market for some authentic and delicious fare from China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia and Japan. It also features an array of kids activities including lantern making, mooncake eating competition alongside other attractions for the kids.

Moon Festival Activities – Moon Gazing

Chinese Moon Festival

Date : 24 Sep 2015

Time : 6pm - 7:30pm

Location : L5 Building NICTA Seminar Room 101, UNSW Kensington

Savour some traditional Chinese tea and Moon cakes while you learn more about the Moon festival and its legend.

CHINESE MOON FESTIVAL LEGEND

Celebrated traditionally on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, this festival is celebrated in observance ...Read more

JAPANESE MOON FESTIVAL LEGEND

Although the Chinese lunar calendar is not used in Japan any more, the custom of moon appreciation is followed in ...Read more

Indonesian Moon Goddess Legend

Indonesian culture is similar to that of its neighbours, in that it reveres the Moon. In the island of Bali, much of its ...Read more

3 Grand Prizes to be won:

Each Grand Prize winner will win an Authentic Asian dinner voucher worth RRP $150. Winner will be announced on this page and Asian Inspirations Facebook page between 12th October 2015 and 14th October 2015.

4 Weekly Prizes to be won:

Weekly winners will be decided by popular vote on the Facebook Contest App. Each winner is entitled to an Asian food product hamper worth RRP $100. The weekly winner will be declared each week on this page and Asian Inspirations Facebook page.

Cabramatta Moon Festival Celebrations

Date : 27 Sep 2015

Time : 9am–8pm

Location : Gourmet food and market stalls
John Street, Park Road, Railway Parade and Arthur Street, Cabramatta

Entertainment programs : 11am–8pm

Visit Australia’s biggest and brightest Asian cultural celebration at the Cabramatta Moon Festival event, with a footfall of over 90,000 visitors (native and non-native) each year. Entice yourself with the colourful street parades,exhibitions, lion dances, Vietnamese dance performance, fireworks and to top it all, a beautiful lantern parade led by the Moon Goddess - Chang E herself.
Savour the moon cakes while you participate in the noodle eating and prawn peeling contests. This festival also includes activities such as fun amusement rides and monster trucks.

Crown Moon Festival

Date: 19 Sep to 20 Sep 2015

Location : Crown Entertainment Complex 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, Melbourne, VIC

Crown’s Moon Festival will feature a series of activities and entertainment including Mooncake making demonstrations, sweet food stalls, special banquet menus and a host of cultural activities and interactive performances.

Crown’s Atrium will be transformed into an Asian market with a stunning internally lit lantern display and many more interesting activities.

Full Moon Festival

Date : 27 Sep 2015

Location : Dandenong Market, Cleeland and Clow Street, Dandenong, Victoria 3175

Visit the Dandengong market for some authentic and delicious fare from China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia and Japan. It also features an array of kids activities including lantern making, mooncake eating competition alongside other attractions for the kids.

Moon Festival Activities – Moon Gazing

Moon Lantern Festival

Date : 24 Sep to 4 Oct 2015

Time : 4pm- 8:30pm

Location : Over the River Torrens, Adelaide

Featuring the Hong Kong Dragon, this festival has a spectacular fireworks display during the night, with a lantern floating event and night noodle markets that sell an array of Asian delicacies including dumplings and noodles. It also has many South Australian schools participating in cultural events.

Vietnamese Community in Australia

Location : 62 Athol Street Athol Park, SA 5012 Australia

The Vietnamese Community in South Australia celebrates the Full Moon Festival (also called Children’s Festival) every year since their early settlement in South Australia. The Festival is open to all Australians and is a special event for Vietnamese Australians to share and promote harmony between diverse cultures. Children’s activities like Vietnamese Language quiz, concert for the children, lantern making workshop and many more.

Chinese Moon Festival

Date : 24 Sep 2015

Time : 6pm - 7:30pm

Location : L5 Building NICTA Seminar Room 101, UNSW Kensington

Savour some traditional Chinese tea and Moon cakes while you learn more about the Moon festival and its legend.

CHINESE MOON FESTIVAL LEGEND

Celebrated traditionally on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, this festival is celebrated in observance ...Read more

JAPANESE MOON FESTIVAL LEGEND

Although the Chinese lunar calendar is not used in Japan any more, the custom of moon appreciation is followed in ...Read more

Indonesian Moon Goddess Legend

Indonesian culture is similar to that of its neighbours, in that it reveres the Moon. In the island of Bali, much of its ...Read more

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