Fri, 30 Oct 2020

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Online performances are being held by New Zealand Chinese community over the weekend to celebrate the traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.

The festival celebrations held on Saturday morning went as part of the online charity concert series initiated by the Culture Bridge, a cultural exchange and education organization based in Auckland, New Zealand.

The one-and-half-hour special session, themed as Celebrating Full Moon While Uniting Globally, was performed by a group of young artists from across the globe. From Saturday to next Wednesday, different sessions will be featured as part of the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations.

"For overseas Chinese, the Mid-Autumn Festival especially means family reunion and unity. At a time when we are fighting the global pandemic COVID-19, it is important that we have this online channel to unite and support each other," said Jie Min, director of the Culture Bridge.

In the meantime, the Chinese Embassy to New Zealand has launched its 2020 Chinese National Days and Mid-Autumn Festival Online Celebration Week on Saturday.

On Friday night, 2020 Cultures of China - Huaxing Gala Night was also held to mark the Mid-Autumn Festival and the Chinese National Day that fall on Oct. 1.

New Zealand Chinese community as well as the local New Zealanders enjoyed the two-hour show featuring Chinese folk dances and performances through online platforms such as WeChat.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff called on the online audience to enjoy the show marking the ancient Moon Festival and the 71st anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

"Let us celebrate our close relationship and friendship with China. And celebrate the big contribution of the Chinese people who have migrated to New Zealand has made to our community," said Goff.

Community-based online events were also organized by various Chinese communities across New Zealand to celebrate the traditional Chinese festival.

Auckland is currently on its COVID-19 Alert Level 2, which only allows the number of people for a gathering to be under 100.

This year's Mid-Autumn Festival coincides with the Chinese National Day on Oct. 1. In New Zealand, Mid-Autumn Festival is also called the Moon Festival.

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