The USP Lautoka Campus celebrated the Chinese Mid Autumn Festival in its traditional style on Monday 15th September 2014.
The event was made more special by the visit from Counselor Yang Zhao Hui from the Chinese Embassy who was accompanied by his secretary Cheng Wen Shan.
Following a special tea at the Campus Director, Dr. Pramila Deviís office, the guests visited the library where Counselor Hui warmly greeted the campus staff and students. He also took part in cutting the traditional Chinese moon cake which is customary to the festival. Campus staff and students also had the opportunity to taste these delicious cakes.
There was also a Mid-Autumn Festival Cultural Display in the library with brochures and posters containing information on the festival. Students and staff of USP also had the opportunity to take part in this.
Falling on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival (held in the mid-month) is the second grandest festival after the Spring Festival in China. It is also known as the Moon Festival, as at that time of the year the moon is at its roundest and brightest.
Each year, during the festival, people go home from every corner of the country and the world to meet their family and have dinner with them, admire the full moon and eat moon cakes. Chinese people believe a full moon is a symbol of peace, prosperity, and family reunion.
The programme was organized by Chinese Language Lecturer Guilan Chang from the Confucius Institute at USP (CI-USP).