Chinese in New Zealand celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival
WELLINGTON, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- A gala featuring traditional Chinese musical shows was staged in New Zealand's largest city of Auckland on Friday night to celebrate the coming Mid-Autumn Festival.
The performers entertained the audience with dances, songs and folk music, as well as some international art performances.
It is co-organized by the Chinese Woman Association in New Zealand, the New Zealand Shandong Follow Association, the New Zealand Guangxi Association INC and NZiTV. Most of the performers are from local Chinese communities and presented the show voluntarily.
Moon cakes were shared as one symbolic activity, and the glamourous moon in the sky added the joy of the night.
Ruan Ping, the Chinese consulate general in Auckland, said this was a moment for Chinese people to reunite and celebrate the 70th national day of the People's Republic of China.
"In the past 70 years, Chinese people have achieved fruitful accomplishment with innovation and construction, which transformed China profoundly, while bringing forward opportunities for cooperation between countries including New Zealand, and contributing to the world peace in a far-reaching way," he said.
Ruan added Chinese people are confident that China will continue its opening-up to the outside world.
At the gala, mayor of Auckland Phil Goff appreciated the Asian cultures brought by migrants to this country and city.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important festivals to overseas Chinese as it is regarded as an occasion for family reunion. Family members usually gather together to taste moon cakes and enjoy the full moon.