Tamworth celebrates its 6th annual Lantern and Chinese Moon Cake Festival

IN CHARACTER: Jerry Chen and Toby Smith perform at the festival.

IN CHARACTER: Jerry Chen and Toby Smith perform at the festival.

TAMWORTH celebrated its ever-increasing multicultural community over the weekend with the Lantern and Chinese Moon Cake Festival. 

The sixth annual event saw dozens of locals from Chinese, Korean, Malaysia, Korean and Taiwanese origin make lanterns and share in song to remind them of their childhood and culture. 

SINGING COMPETITION: Front row: Evelyn Koko (Burmese); Middle row, left to right: Xueyun Zhao (Chinese), Suelyn Pakes (Malaysian Chinese), Candy Christy (Burmese), Nicole Li (Chinese), Allegra Bello, (Venezuelan) Darling Quintero (Venezuelan) and back row, left to right: Dion Larkham, Rob Irwin, Wah Doe (Burmese), Lea Sharpe.

SINGING COMPETITION: Front row: Evelyn Koko (Burmese); Middle row, left to right: Xueyun Zhao (Chinese), Suelyn Pakes (Malaysian Chinese), Candy Christy (Burmese), Nicole Li (Chinese), Allegra Bello, (Venezuelan) Darling Quintero (Venezuelan) and back row, left to right: Dion Larkham, Rob Irwin, Wah Doe (Burmese), Lea Sharpe.

In Asian culture, the term round implies a family reunion, so when the moon is full, families and friends meet to drink Chinese tea, eat moon cakes, recite poems, play games and admire the full moon.

Centacare multicultural officer Suleyn Pakes said the festival allowed locals to share in tradition by making lanterns, singing moon-themed songs and being entertained by a Chinese lion.

“There are a lot of migrants from China and they don’t think to see such a festival in a small town like Tamworth, so they’re very appreciative,” she said.

The celebration closed with a lantern walk led by the dragon and Chinese drum through the streets of Tamworth.

LANTERN COMPETITION WINNERS: Shelley Bush, Ron Wood, Jenny Holford, Kitty Khoo (Malaysian Chinese), Suelyn Pakes (Malaysian Chinese), Xueyun Zhao (Chinese).

LANTERN COMPETITION WINNERS: Shelley Bush, Ron Wood, Jenny Holford, Kitty Khoo (Malaysian Chinese), Suelyn Pakes (Malaysian Chinese), Xueyun Zhao (Chinese).

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