Local residents will have the chance to enjoy an evening of culture and traditions from one of Asia's biggest celebrations at Howick's first Moon Festival.
Howick Local Board is partnering with Pakuranga Chinese Association for the 22 September event, which will not only showcase Asian culture but reflect the area’s diverse population.
“As well as performances from the Chinese and Korean communities, the line-up includes groups representing India, Russia, Romania, Chile and, of course, New Zealand,” says Peter Young, the local board’s ethnic affairs portfolio lead.
“We really want to initiate and support projects and events that give our community opportunities to celebrate and showcase diversity, so we are delighted to launch our own moon festival which we hope will become a regular and iconic local event.”
As well as live performances, people can enjoy great food, including traditional moon cakes, and activities. Giveaways will take place for children on the night too, handing out mini mooncakes and glow sticks.
Pakuranga Chinese Association spokesperson and event organiser Barry Hung says another feature of the evening is a designated area where different types of tai chi will be demonstrated throughout the evening.
“We'll also have mini electric bonfires to represent the tradition of using light to worship the moon. We want to encourage families to come along, bring a blanket or a folding deck chair and sit back and enjoy other traditions like moon cake and fruit.”
About the Moon Festival
In China the Moon Festival is traditionally known as the mid-Autumn Festival and falls at the time when the moon is at its most bright. This year that is on 24 September.
The star of the show is the moon itself, with the full moon's round shape representing perfection, reunion and harmony.