Fashionable again, Chinese Mid-Autumn celebrations beautify Australia’s ‘cultural capital’ – Xinhua
Artists have re-enacted moon worship rituals, a tradition marking the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival in Melbourne, Australia, September 10, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Qi)
Melbourne, Australia, celebrated the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival with festive Chinese performances and a Mid-Autumn Street Market, where one can find chic Chinese music, martial arts and rituals. worship of the moon.
MELBOURNE, Australia, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) — Without even waiting for the full moon in the sky, celebrations already unveiled the curtains on Saturday midday in Melbourne, which the state of Victoria has dubbed “Australia’s cultural capital.” .
Throughout the weekend, the main stage of Meat Market, an iconic state heritage with over 200 years of history, hosts festive Chinese performances, not limited to chic Chinese music, martial arts and dances. moon-worshipping rituals, while the whole venue spins into a mid-autumn street market, where East meets West and the present interacts with the past.
Walking through a curtain, hearing the sound of the guzheng resonate, and adjusting their eyes to the interior lights, visitors then begin an immersive experience of how an ancient Chinese may possibly mark a Mid-Autumn Day with families. and friends, such as playing a real-life role-playing game: wearing the traditional clothes of the Han ethnic group “hanfu”, picking up a rabbit lantern from a streetside stall, and asking a calligrapher to write moon-related blessings.
A child dressed in traditional Chinese clothes learns to paint at a street market stall in Melbourne, Australia, September 10, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Qi)
Beginning his learning of Chinese calligraphy at the age of three, Dongdong attributed his writing technique to his grandparents’ upbringing, chose “Four Treasures of Study” to represent his role, and decorated his stand with well-written wish tags.
“Many locals came to my booth, asking if I could translate their names into Chinese and write them down,” she said. “Everyone loves this art form.”
Dongdong now helps run a Chinese cultural organization in Melbourne. Upon receiving the invitation to the event, she and her teammates also decided to perform the classic Moon Praise Ceremony for the public. “We produced a play to help people understand the festival,” she said.
According to Dongdong’s observation, Chinese culture is gaining popularity around the world, with Chinese at home and abroad focusing on cultural protection.
“I remember when I went out wearing ‘hanfu’ earlier this year, people came up to me asking if it was a Chinese costume.” Dongdong said at that time that she felt her culture promotion efforts paid off.
A local youth wears the traditional clothing of the Han ethnic group “hanfu” in Melbourne, Australia, September 10, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Qi)
As one of the models in the “hanfu” fashion show, Jessica wore a green and red dress typical of the Tang Dynasty style, with floral makeup on her face and, more importantly, a pipa in her hands, whose dance reminded people of the flying Apsaras in Dunhuang.
“I started learning pipa at an early age. And both of my parents majored in Chinese literature in college. I developed a keen interest in classical Chinese culture from childhood,” Jessica said. at Xinhua.
She said that in Melbourne, many young people from the post-2000 generation love “hanfu” and have a keen mind to connect traditional culture and pop culture.
For Jessica, music and dance play a decisive role in intercultural exchanges, because they can overcome all linguistic or cultural barriers.
Inspired by a young member of her “hanfu” society, who used traditional Chinese instruments to perform the theme song for the phenomenal Chinese cartoon “Big Fish and Begonia”, Jessica also pinched her beloved pipa to perform the music track of “Story Of MingLan”, a Chinese television drama set in the Northern Song Dynasty, as part of their weekly street performance.
Locals at a traditional street market set up in Melbourne’s Meat Market to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival on September 10, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Qi)
At the Meat Market, those unfamiliar with China and its culture can rediscover a multi-dimensional country through its food, costumes, etiquette as well as folk arts, such as face-changing in Sichuan opera and the spectacle of leather silhouettes.
Meanwhile, 360-degree video shooting, hip-hop songs, and Chinese jazz dance add a modern touch to the cultural experience.
Originating in China, the Mid-Autumn Festival is now celebrated by many countries, including South Korea, Japan, and Vietnam.
Born and raised in a Vietnamese-Italian family in Australia, Ariana Yen borrowed her 30-year-old mother’s wedding ao dai (a traditional Vietnamese costume) embroidered with the Chinese character “Double Happiness”.
For the first time out of the Chinese New Year celebrations, Yen said the festive atmosphere and traditions of Mid-Autumn Festival felt very familiar to her.
For Vietnamese, “trung thu” also means a family gathering time. “We eat mooncakes. We don’t have a specific type of mooncake, but I tend to choose the red bean mooncake. And on that day, I will bless my bunny with lots of love,” Yen said. ■