Moon Lantern Festival, Keilor East
On Saturday evening I had the privilege of attending the Moon Lantern Festival at the Centreway in Keilor East. This was a wonderful night when the growing Vietnamese population in the Niddrie electorate was able to share its culture with the local community in a healthy celebration of this traditional children’s festival. The celebration included lantern making, active children’s games, traditional and cultural performances of story-telling and song and dance, as well as a candle-lit lantern procession. The traditional Vietnamese Children’s Moon Lantern Festival is one of the most popular family holidays celebrated in Vietnam. I wish to put on record my thanks to the organisers and supporters of the festival: the Vietnamese Arts Association, represented by Anh Pham, Yvonne Moon from the Centreway Traders Association and Moonee Valley City Council, represented by Cr Ange Kenos.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics the local Vietnamese community in the Niddrie electorate is now the third largest for country of origin and fourth for language spoken at home. This leads to one conclusion – the Moon Lantern Festival is set to grow stronger year by year.