Celebrate Diversity at Lansdowne Centre
“Hate Has No Place” in Richmond
Lansdowne Centre celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival with the diverse community of Richmond. Inclusivity is more important now than ever in view of the growing number of hate-motivated incidents in the city. The festival is celebrated in many Asian cultures including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and other east and southeast Asian countries.
Dignitaries attending include MP Parm Bains, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Councillors Chak Au, Carol Day, Andy Hobbs,Alexa Loo, Bill McNulty, and Richmond RCMP Media Liaison Officer. They wished everyone a very happy Mid-Autumn Festival and stressed the importance on the call-to-action in case a citizen faces a hate crime incident.
“It is the tradition for Lansdowne Centre to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with our communities. Families get together for sumptuous food, mooncake, and display lanterns on the fullest moon of the year. We are excited that everything can be found at Lansdowne Centre this year including the moon rabbit and the ‘super’ moon,” says Bronwyn Bailey, Marketing Manger. “There is another layer of meaning this year, we want to send the message loud and clear that “Hate Has No Place” in Richmond and we embrace inclusivity.”
The celebration runs from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on September 10, with booths ranging from Mid-Autumn themed sugar art, children’s arts & craft, recycling challenge, RCMP community booth to the popular spinning wheel giving out stuffed veggies (in support of the Food Garden to address food insecurity).
Folklore - The history of the Mid-Autumn Festival dates back over 3,000 years; it falls on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. On this day, it is believed that the Moon is at its brightest and fullest size, coinciding with harvest time in the middle of Autumn.
Lanterns of all sizes and shapes, are carried and displayed – symbolic beacons that light people's path to prosperity and good fortune. Mooncakes, fruits, and other traditional foods are served during this festival which also symbolizes family reunion and harvest. The Mid-Autumn Festival is based on the legend of Chang'e, the Moon goddess in Chinese mythology.
Client: Lansdowne Centre
Date: September 10, 2022
Services: Event planning, English and Chinese Media Relations
Location: Lansdowne Centre