CHILDREN rushed to queue up for free lanterns during the Lantern Festival celebration at the Lestari Mansions playground recently.
Young as they were they did not know, nor understand, the significance behind Mid-Autumn Festival, but, they were aware that the festival came with colourful lanterns and delicious moon cakes.
While the adults ensured the children held the lit lanterns the proper way, others made a bee-line for the food that was spread out at the playground.
Most of the 200-odd residents prepared and brought the dishes to the venue ala potluck party style.
The music was drowned by the excited laughter of the children and the chatter among the adults. “It is exactly what we set out to do,'' said residents association pro tem committee chairman Harinther Singh. “We wanted them to have fun.”
Harinther Singh said the get-together was organised to instil good neighbourliness among the residents. “It is good to see the different races come together for the festival,'' he said.
The event was organised in a day.
“We actually began on the day itself,” said Harinther Singh. “With help from Mampu Jaya Sdn Bhd, the developer, residents worked to clean up the playground, prepared the area where the lanterns were to be hung and finished in time before the first of the guests walked in.”
There was also a Chinese tea-making and tasting session besides a lucky draw.
Mampu Jaya assistant project manager Hung Sing Ing gave away an all-paid holiday vouchers for the lucky winners.
“We are happy to play our part in helping the residents forge better ties with each other and with the developer,” said Hung.