For the second year in a row the rain stayed away for this year’s OzAsia Moon Lantern Festival.
With the date of the festival aligning closely with both Confucius Day and the Mid-Autumn Festival, this year’s event saw 21,000 people brave the cold but (mostly) dry weather as they made their way to Elder Park for one of the highlights of the OzAsia festival, and one of the Confucius Institute’s biggest events for 2016.
Throughout the day Confucius Institute volunteers helped hundreds of locals to write their name in beautiful Chinese calligraphy, taught children how to play with a Chinese ‘Jianzi’ and gave instruction on Chinese water calligraphy. Volunteers also demonstrated Chinese traditional painting and gave music performances on the Guzheng and Erhu. The CI Panda was also very popular, making many new friends!
With the assistance of our staff and volunteers our stands at the festival were full from opening until we closed at nightfall, making way for a very impressive lantern parade.