Chinese community mark Moon Festival, China National Day

Fiji's President Jioji Konrote takes a group photo with Chinese Ambassador to Fiji, Qian Bo and members of the Chinese community in Fiji. Picture: FIJIAN GOVERNMENT/Facebook

THE Chinese community in Fiji gathered at the Yat Sen School hall today to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival and mark the 69th Anniversary of the National Day of China.

According to Chinese Association of Fiji preisdent Jenny Seeto, Mid-Autumn Festival also known as Moon Festival is when families and friends gather together for a meal and to view the full moon.

Mrs Seeto said that though the National Day of China was to be celebrated on October 1, it had become customary to celebrate National Day of China together with the Mid-Autumn Festival.

She adds that the Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the eight month in the Chinese Lunar Calender.

Fiji’s President Jioji Konrote, who was the chief guest at the event, said historically this was the time to give thanks for the harvest a celebration of the powerful gifts from the land.

He adds people should celebrate these festivals as we live in a multi-cultural country.

Mr Konrote also underscored the need to showcase our diversity as it “makes the country stronger”.

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