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Chinese Moon Festival in Malta (mon 28th sept 2009)
« on: May 06, 2009, 07:41:26 AM »

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Chinese Moon Festival in Malta

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Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2009 15:09:23 +0200

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Chinese and Maltese artists will celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival on Monday

in an evening of dance and music.




The festival falls on the 15th day of the eight lunar month, the exact middle

of

autumn on the Chinese calendar, when the moon appears at its roundest and

brightest. The full moon is a symbol of family reunion and an auspicious token

of abundance, harmony and luck.


According to Chinese literature, the Moon Festival celebrations date back more

than 2,000 years when in feudal times, Chinese emperors held a ceremony in

praise of the moon for a prosperous year.


As the celebration spread, some special customs appeared in different parts of

the country, such as burning incense, planting mid-autumn trees, lighting

lanterns on towers and performing dragon dances.


Nowadays, when the festival sets in, people light lanterns, appreciate the

full  silver moon and eat moon cakes, a speciality made for the festival.


The celebration on Monday will take place in Freedom Square, Valletta and will

start at 8 p.m. It will feature the Chinese Red Poppy Ladies Percussion, the

Olivia Dow School of Russian Ballet, the Versatile Brass Band and soprano

Marie Therese Vassallo.


The event is organised by the China Cultural Centre and Valletta local council

in collaboration with the Council for Culture and the Arts.

source:The times of Malta

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