Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival draws families to Western Plains Cultural Centre

Learning: Rabab Helal, 10, Ammar Helal, 4 and Lara Helal, 7, hold their bunny lanterns and balloons and check out mooncakes at the Western Plains Cultural Centre's Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival celebration. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
Learning: Rabab Helal, 10, Ammar Helal, 4 and Lara Helal, 7, hold their bunny lanterns and balloons and check out mooncakes at the Western Plains Cultural Centre's Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival celebration. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Mooncakes were in demand as families at Dubbo marked a tradition of the people of a sister city.

The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival was celebrated at the Western Plains Cultural Centre (WPCC) on Saturday.

The important event on the Chinese calendar attracted close to 100 people, WPCC education officer Karen Hagan said.

Ancient emperors worshipped the harvest moon.

Chinese legends tell of “the moon goddess and the rabbit that lives on the moon”.

Children at the WPCC celebrations made bunny lanterns and collected a white helium balloon representing a moon. 

Visitors were also keen to try a particular delicacy.

“There were times when we couldn’t hand out the mooncake samples quickly enough,” Ms Hagan said.

The WPCC festivities also celebrated Dubbo’s relationship with sister city Wujiang.

The celebration of the festival was very popular with WPCC visitors and they looked forward to building on the success and producing an even more exciting event next year, Ms Hagan said.