Members of the Chinese Youth Club with their lanterns
MEMBERS of Lisburn's Chinese Community have
celebrated the 'Mid Autumn Festival' with the help of Lagan
Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson's wife Eleanor and their two
The three Donaldson ladies were ,judges of a
lantern design competition involving members of Lisburn's
Chinese Youth Club.
The judging took place at a celebratory event
in Trinity Methodist Church organised by the Lisburn Chinese Ladies Group.
During this event it was explained the
Mid-Autumn Festival takes place when the moon is at its fullest
and brightest. At this time Chinese family members and friends
gather to admire the moon and celebrate the abundance of the
summer's harvest. Traditional food at this festival includes
moon cakes and pomeloes. The celebration began with the legend
behind the festival. This revolved around an archer called
Houyi and his wife Change, who consumed the
elixir of life and floated towards the moon, hence becoming the
Goddess of the moon. The lanterns judged by Mrs. Donaldson and
her daughters play a special part in the celebration as legend
has it lanterns will help to guide Change home when she comes
back down to earth.
The event sponsored by Awards for All was
deemed 'a great success' with a large number of entries.