Saturday, October 13, 2012

Mid-Autumn Festival

For the past 2 months, my life has been very busy. Between my Children's Services courses, volunteering and my social live, each week has been passing so fast. So here I am in October, the beginning of spring in Australia. In China and many other South Asian countries, people celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival or also known as Full Moon Festival and Adelaide is no different hosting the OZ Asia festival. The final night of  festival will celebrate the rising of the full moon in the Elder Park. Titled the Moon Lantern Festival, this event has become a popular community gathering for Adelaide locals as well as many interstate and overseas visitors. The event started with performances from many diverse cultural community groups from all over Adelaide. 

As usual the food stalls were very crowded.  I queued for Thai food and I waited for so long that when I got to the head of the line, there was only rice and green curry remaining. And then....

there were some very unusual guests, some real head turners who really got into the spirit of the event!

As is the custom, the festival closes with the Lantern Parade with lanterns made by schools, businesses and community groups from all around Adelaide.

Even though it was a very cloudy day, the moon did manage to put in an appearance. It was a beautiful sight....