Wooing the moon

  • Education
  • Sunday, 21 Oct 2007

UNIVERSITY College Sedaya International(UCSI)’s Chinese Cultural Society (CCS)put together its inaugural Mid-AutumnFestival celebrations recently. The event saw afew hundred students from various races congregatingat its Kuala Lumpur campus to enjoyperformances, games and cultural eventsorganised by CCS. 

Organising committee chairman Tan Peng Ji attributed the good turnout to the efforts of the committee. 

“We started holding meetings to plan for the event about two months ago,” said Peng Ji.  

“We knew we did not have the luxury of time, so we decided to set up a hierarchical system to manage this event.  

UCSIstudentsperforming atraditionalChinesedance tocelebratethe Mid-Autumnfestival.

“We had various sub-committees in charge of different sections – from sponsorship and publicity to games and ushering. Our committee members numbered 120,” he added. 

The event started with the welcome address from Peng Ji, followed by the speech by UCSI deputy vice-chancellor Assoc Prof Chin Peng Kit. Students from SRJK(C) Salak South kickstarted the performances with the thunderous beating of 24 Chinese drums.  

This was followed a Chinese yo-yo (che-ling) performance by students who had learned the art from a special master. Children from the House of Joy then performed a modern dance. Funds collected during this event were channelled to help children from the home. 

Besides performances by CCS, Universiti Malaya martial arts students also put up a wushu demonstration. There were booths for games and an exhibition on Chinese traditional culture which allowed students from all ethnic groups to share in the cultural experience. 

The celebrations were in line with UCSI’s objective of promoting local culture to both local and international students. 

A-levels student Noratiqah Sauddi said: “This is my first time experiencing the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations. It’s fascinating. I really value this chance to find out more about the culture of my fellow Malaysians.” 

The excitement peaked when UCSI’s darkened hall was slowly filled with light as candles were lit, one by one, and passed from one person to another, until the entire hall was lit up.  

There was also a lucky draw. A special performance by surprise guest artiste Serene Cheam brought the evening to a memorable close.  

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