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Event Report: Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

dbc-moon-festival-bijenkorf-95The Mid-Autumn day is a traditional Chinese festival held on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar Calendar. It is the day when the moon turns into its fullest and completest status, representing reunions of family members and old friends. In The Hague, Dragons businessclub hosted its Mid-Autumn celebration in De Bijenkorf, located at the heart of the city, around the neighborhoods of The Hague China Town. Decorated with the fragrance of flowers and bright red lanterns, the newly opened De Bijenkorf restaurant welcomed around one hundred people, enjoying the moment of being connected at this special evening.

The celebration was opened by welcome speeches of Mr. Atom Zhou, the Chairman of Dragons Businessclub and Mr. Ronald Luyben, the store manager of De Bijenkorf The Hague. Special thanks were granted to Mr. Boudewijn Revis, the Alderman of Municipality of The Hague, who provided the audience with updates over the cooperation between China and The city of Hague in the last decade. Apart from delicious food and tasty wine, interesting programs were scheduled in order to bring unique and pleasant memories to all the participants.

dbc-moon-festival-bijenkorf-mou-1Signing Ceremony of MOU between Dragons Businessclub and China Network Guanxi
Dragons Businessclub and China Network Guanxi, another active business platform connecting Chinese and Dutch enterprises, have entered into a collaboration to organize events together and have agreed that the members of both organisations can participate each other’s events with a discount. Ms. Joke Bruynzeel, the secretary of China Network Guanxi, was invited to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf Guanxi with Dragons Businessclub.


Traditions about Chinese Mid-Autumn culture

Making Mooncake
A special workshop was organized, where attendees could learn how to make mooncakes using different cake molds under the guidance of Ms. Shasha Liu, the founder of Chinese Kookworkshop. Mooncakes are traditional Chinese pastries, symbolizing a round moon and a unified family. As mentioned by Shasha, there are hundreds of different types of mooncakes with the combination of various ingredients, modes and baking processes. In addition to making mooncakes themselves attendees also had the chance to taste the mooncakes, all prepared by Shasha and her family before the Mid-Autumn Day.dbc-moon-festival-bijenkorf-47dbc-moon-festival-bijenkorf-workshop

Chinese traditional calligraphy
China has a long tradition of calligraphy, which has been considered not only as a means of self-expression, but also as a form of visual art created by ink, brush, bamboo paper and dance of hands. Calligraphy is used in all kinds of Chinese festivals and big ceremonies, where the best wishes of people can be depicted by written scripts. Ms. Julie O’Yang, a novelist and visual artist living in Copenhagen, was invited to present this traditional art to the audience by referring to old Chinese poems appraising the Moon. This is also an interesting tutorial, following which invitees were able to learn to write their names in Chinese characters.

dbc-moon-festival-bijenkorf-callLegend of Autumn Festival and the traditions in Xiamen
Dragons Businessclub was delighted to invite Ms. Yue Yin, the General Manager of Xiamen Airline to give the audience some background of the Autumn Festival, which has been inspired by a Chinese folklore tale in connection with the story of the moon goddess Chang’e. Originating from Fujian, Ms. Yin further gave the audience more information about the traditions and culture among Fujian residents for the celebration of Autumn festival, such as lighting lanterns and playing with lucky dices.dbc-moon-festival-bijenkorf-food

Lucky Draw and closing of the Event
As the sky turned darker, the celebration reached the end with a lucky draw. Warm applauses were given to the winners and sincere wishes were shared when everyone went home.

By: Wenqing Liao

You can view the photos here made by Yixiao Shi.

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