Report by Koe Jia-Ju Photographs by Azfar Afham
September marks a very happening and busy month in IMU, what with the many events going on, on top of lectures and assignments! Chinese Cultural Week 2016 was an exciting start to the month which was held from the 5th to 9th of September. It was a perfect time as it falls in conjunction with the Mid-Autumn Festival, a significant annual festival by the Chinese ethnics. Throughout the week, an exhibition was held at the atrium which displayed various things related to the Chinese culture. Clearly, a lot of effort had been put in the decorations which were eye-catchingly colourful with an elaborated display of the Chinese traditions such as ancient Chinese clothing, cute teapot sets, Chinese chess, traditional string instruments (guzheng), Chinese calligraphy, to list a fair few. The theme of the celebration this year was YUAN (源). “It means the root or the beginning of Chinese culture. Or it can also be explained as the continuity of history, simultaneously showing appreciation to our forefathers,” Chew Khee, the President of this event, helpfully explained. “In terms of Chinese pronunciation, “yuan” can also be defined as circle, fostering the bond between Chinese people; or with interpretation as destiny and fate, besides to promote Chinese culture to the IMU community.” The theme also served to fulfil the aim of this festival which was to inculcate the value of gratitude and appreciation towards Chinese origin.
Mid-Autumn Night took place on a Thursday night that week. This lively festival is all about celebrations with the family, lantern processions and oh-so-sweet mooncakes. Traditionally a time to give thanks to the harvest gods, it is also the time of the year that the moon is at its brightest. When dusk fell that Thursday night, the celebration went into full swing! The night started off with a feast, where an array of traditional Chinese delicacies were served. Several fun station games were organized to keep the participants entertained. With full tummies, everyone then headed to LT2 for the opening ceremony. The ceremony started off with various performances, which included festive drums and Chinese traditional dances, showcasing the talents that youths have in Chinese traditional performances. Mr. Saravanan, one of the event’s VIP and Dr. Lim Chooi Ling who is the Chinese Club’s advisor delivered their respective speeches. Before the night ended, a lucky draw session was carried out where several fortunate participants managed to snag prizes. As the Mid-Autumn festival also marks a day of family reunion, orphans from Rumah Charis were invited to join this festive time to give the children a taste of a festival full of joy and happiness. Without a doubt, it was the enthusiasm and the celebratory spirit of the IMU community that made Chinese Cultural Week and the Mid-Autumn Night a success!