Students from all year levels joined together to celebrate Plympton International College’s inaugural Moon Lantern Festival. It was a riot of colourful lanterns symbolising beacons that light people’s path to prosperity and good fortune.
As the only Chinese bilingual college in South Australia, the event proved to be a wonderful way to further develop intercultural understanding.
Students enjoyed a lantern decorating workshop, games, face painting, balloon twisting art and student musical performances that included traditional Chinese instruments. They dined from local food trucks and ate Mooncakes – a rich pastry that is traditionally eaten during this festival. Guests viewed an art exhibition and toured the Performing Arts Centre and modular spaces.
Also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, its history dates back over 3,000 years and it is based on the legend of Chang’e, the Moon goddess in Chinese mythology. The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Lunar calendar and it celebrates the gathering together of family and friends, and thanksgiving for harmonious unions.