by Website Editor, 13 October 2014
China came to St Andrew's Square in Edinburgh last weekend, with a noisy lion dance, calming tai chi, and spirited singers entertaining appreciative crowds at the city's first-ever Chinese Autumn Festival – all blessed with some exceptional autumn sunshine.
Opening the event, Consul General Pan Xinchun noted that what was on display was “only a small part of the richness of Chinese culture”, and added, “I hope it will open the door to deepening knowledge”. He also said the event demonstrated the “openness and multiculturalness of this great city...well done Edinburgh !” Janice Dickson, our Chairman, and several other members of the National Committee attended and enjoyed the performances - and, of course, some mooncakes !
The event was organised over 11th-12th October, by the Edinburgh Chinese Culture Association (ECCA), supported by the Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Edinburgh, the Confucius Institute for Scotland at the University of Edinburgh, and other parties from local community.
The Chinese Moon Festival - also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival - is the second most important festival in the Chinese calendar, after Chinese New Year. Traditionally an occasion for celebrating the moon, harvest and family reunion, the festival is usually held on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month of the year, however, in order to maximise attendance by local young people and families, ECCA held their event during the October school holidays.. You can find more background on the Festival here.
Performers and participants at the event included Kakapopo Dance Studio, Edinburgh Chinese Community School, Alba-Cathay Chinese School, Sui Yue and Bo Po from RCS, Lin Ho and ECCA's Tai Chi Team, Fettes College, Loretto School, Edinburgh Chinese Choir, Community Mum & Kids Group, and Lolan Tang.
The Edinburgh Chinese Culture Association (ECCA) was established in 2008 as a voluntary organization. Its objectives are to help local people to understand more about Chinese culture, custom and traditions ; to build friendship within Chinese communities and with other races in Scotland ; and to facilitate links between Scotland and China.
Please also see the main ECCA website.