Happy Mid-autumn Festival to you all!
With the Festival coming up, Student Residence Office held its Joint-Hall Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration on the evening of the 13 September 2016. The event was organised for all residents to experience some of the festivities carried out during this celebration.
The festival is celebrated on the night of a full moon in August by the lunar calendar; hence, it is also sometimes known as the “Moon Festival.” One of the most important customs during this time is to gather with relatives and watch the moon together. This tradition supported the SRO’s initiative to encourage its residents to switch off all non-essential lights and go outside to gaze at the moon.
To start off the evening’s festivities, a traditional Chinese drum performance was conducted by the Hong Kong Chan Ka Fai Dragon and Lion Dance Association. It was a great chance for the non-local students to experience this spectacle live, allowing them to immerse themselves within the Chinese culture. Thereafter, two residents, Brittany WANG (Jockey Club Harmony Hall, Year 3, Social Work) and XU Shuang (Hall 10, Year 2, China Business) presented a beautiful dance number from the movie Painted Skin and Karton MA, an alumnus from Alumni Civility Hall, followed with a solo singing performance of For Her. Such entertainment added to the welcoming and lively atmosphere within the multi-function hall. A huge part of this event was the games. There were a number of activity booths scattered around the venue. These were provided by each of the Student Residence’s halls.
Below are a few words shared by some of our residents who attended the event:
From tonight, what have you have learnt about the mid-autumn festival?
“Because I am Korean, we do celebrate this festival but I learnt we do it a little differently. For us, it is more about thanksgiving, like the farmers are thankful for good harvest, we thank our neighbours, pray to God and share food.”
– Gayoung LEE, Jockey Club Humanity Hall, Year 3, Psychology, South Korea
“I learnt about the meaning behind mooncakes and I really enjoy eating them.”
– Julien HSING, Jockey Club Humanity Hall, Year 3, Environmental Management, USA
What part of this event have you enjoyed the most?
“Definitely the food, one of the best I have tasted in a while.”
– Jeremiah PUA, Chan Sui Kau Hall, Year 2, Economics, Phillippines
“The performances and food were really great. And also the fact that a lot of international people came and gathered in one place to experience a huge cultural exchange is amazing.”
– Denis MOLDOVEAN, Jockey Club Harmony Hall, Year 2, Finance, Moldova
What hall booth game have you tried out?
“We tried Hall 1, the making of mooncakes and the writing of your own Chinese characters. We cannot write Chinese so it was a fun and interesting exercise.”
– B’Elanna STAYA, Hall 1, Year 2 Creative Media, Indonesia
– Megan PRATANA, Hall 1, Year 3, Finance, Indonesia
“I tried the Hall 2 puzzle game because after you complete the game, you get sweet dessert cakes, which are really nice.”
– Jeremiah PUA, Hall 5, Year 2, Economics, Philippines
“I enjoyed the face painting, which was done by the Hall 10 booth.”
– Gayoung LEE, Hall 1, Year 3 Psychology, South Korea
Writer: Hanna LIM (Alumni Civility Hall)
Photographers: Ellen DING (Alumni Civility Hall), Unnat CHOUDHURY (Hall 11), Yikki LAM (Lee Shau Kee Hall)
── Julien HSING （賽馬會敬賢堂，環境管理系三年級，來自美國）
── 潘金順 （陳瑞球堂，經濟系二年級，來自菲律賓）
── B’Elanna STAYA （賽馬會敬賢堂，創意媒體系二年級，來自印度尼西亞）、Megan PRATANA（賽馬會敬賢堂，金融系三年級，來自印度尼西亞）
文: Hanna LIM（校友樂禮堂）
攝: 丁琳笠（校友樂禮堂）、Unnat CHOUDHURY（舍堂十一）、林奕琪（李兆基堂）