TWO six-year-olds, who coincidentally share the same name, emerged as the top two winners of the Penang Chinese Kindergarten’s Mid-Autumn Creative Lantern Art Contest.
Chloe Teh and Chloe Lim won the first and second place respectively in the kindergarten category of the contest.
Teh, the kindergarten category champion, joined the contest with her pink and fluffy rabbit lantern, while Lim won second place with her lantern depicting a Chinese opera character.
Teh’s mother, housewife Tammy Chuang, 40, said Teh completed the lantern within two days.
“When the contest rules were announced, she said she wanted to join and make a rabbit lantern because she once saw her sister doing it.
“Since we are staying home with no activities, I helped her make the lantern and she completed all the glueing, layering in two days.
“We are happy that the lantern caught the judges’ attention and she managed to win the kindergarten category.”
The second place winner of the category, Lim, said she completed her lantern within one and a half days.
Her mother, marketing manager Lim Kai Poh, 32, said she helped her daughter complete the lantern, which was designed to resemble a Chinese opera character.
“The character was designed to represent Chang-Er, the moon goddess in the celebration tale related to the Mid-Autumn Festival,” she said.
Every year, tales of the archer hero Hou Yi pining for his wife Chang-Er, who now lives on the moon, are remembered among the Chinese community during the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Change-Er is said to have floated up to the moon, never to return after she swallowed an elixir that transformed her into an immortal in a bid to prevent the liquid from falling to their evil nemesis, Peng Meng.
Kai Poh said cultural and folk tales were precious to cultural celebrations.
“We have to make sure our descendants know why they celebrate certain occasions or days, and know the tales behind them.
“Thus, we wanted to make a symbolic lantern for this contest,” she added.
Meanwhile, the third place of the contest’s kindergarten category went to Koay Jing Yang, five.
Teh, Lim and Koay were among 43 participants who joined the contest’s kindergarten category.
Penang Chinese Kindergarten deputy principal Yvonne Wee, who was present, said there were two categories in the contest – primary (25 participants) and kindergarten (43 participants) categories – which saw 68 participants in total.
“We hope this contest will be able to foster parent-child relationships,” she said.
“As the contest is held in conjunction with the Mid-Autumn Festival, we aim to promote and maintain the culture among young generations.
“We hope to encourage young children to involve themselves in Chinese culture while keeping up with evolving times, all while maintaining racial harmony and interaction,” she added.