A Mid-autumn Festival Celebration with the Flying Seniors
The Mid-autumn Festival Celebration, also known as the Moon Festival, is held on month 8 day 15 of the Chinese Lunar Calendar (September or October in the Gregorian calendar) when the moon is at its roundest and brightest, symbolizing togetherness and reunion in Chinese culture. Families gather to express their familial love by eating dinner together while appreciating the moon and eating mooncakes.
Last 18 September, 15 HKAOM volunteers celebrated this important family festival with 14 elderly members of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Western District Elderly Community Centre.
A warm welcome by HKAOM Project Leader, Teresa Lo and social worker Emily Lau was followed by an exciting program of the traditional Guess the Riddle in a Lantern game, “Pictionary”, an arts and crafts activity (transform your face towel into a bunny!), a spot of karaoke to end with a series of stimulating mind and sensory games. Everyone joyfully participated in teams for a chance to win pretty Moon Festival lanterns for the seniors.
The highlight of the party was the impromptu rendition of a popular German pop song by our 3 young German volunteers to much enthusiastic applause. In return, the seniors sang the well-loved “The moon represents my heart” in Mandarin. The fun ended too soon and we bid our farewells to the seniors who each left with a souvenir bag full of Moon festival treats.
A happy 92 year old Auntie Wong said “I had a very good time and enjoyed the company of French volunteer, Philipp. I look forward to the next event with the nice HKAOM volunteers.”