THE Mid-Autumn Festival was welcomed with much joy in Johor Baru this year after a hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Johor Baru Tiong Hua Association president Ho Sow Tong said associations from five Chinese clans – Hakka, Teochew, Hokkien, Cantonese and Hainan – had been hosting various programmes since early September.
“We can see a lot of excitement among the people.
“Apart from the Chinese clan associations, we also see schools, villages and other groups holding celebrations drawing big crowds.
“I hope the festival will be even merrier next year and attract more people from all walks of life,” he said at the Johor Baru Hainan Association’s Mid-Autumn Festival celebration for senior citizens at its office in Taman Pelangi.
Event organising chairman Ong Mui Keong said over 100 senior citizens joined in the celebration.
“We wished to cheer them up as it had been some time since they got to experience the festival.
“We want people of all races to join in too so we can showcase our rich heritage to them while embracing unity,” she said.
Guests tucked into home-made Hainan delicacies, including mooncakes of various flavours.
“On top of that, the senior citizens had fun playing games and were given ang pow,” said Ong, adding that all five Chinese clans’ leaders were also at the event.
Ho Fong See, 80, said he was grateful to finally be able to enjoy the festival again.
“I missed celebrating the festival with friends and family,” he said.