Lantern-decorated tree symbol of diversity, unity in Satok

Ibrahim (third right) with Goh (fifth left) and members of SUPP Satok posing with the tree decorated with lanterns at Jalan Rambutan, Satok.

KUCHING: A tree at Jalan Rambutan adorned with bright red hanging lanterns is a symbolism of unity and harmony, bringing together the diverse communities in Satok for the Mid-Autumn or Mooncake Festival celebration.

Satok assemblyman Dato Ibrahim Baki emphasised that the diversity of ethnic groups and faiths within the Satok community allows them to celebrate festivals of various cultures.

“This is a testimony to the unity among the locals contributing to the harmony that they enjoy.

“The community here in Satok, we live in harmony regardless of race and religion – our multi-faith and multi-ethnic society are supportive of this (Mid-Autumn Festival) celebration,” he said in a statement after officiating at the launch of the lanterns-decorated tree at Jalan Rambutan in Satok here today.

The tree was decorated in conjunction with the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival by the Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Satok branch.

Ibrahim noted that the festival is a time for the celebrants to rekindle their relationships and reunite in the spirit of togetherness.

“Usually, families and close friends would reunite and make wishes for their longevity, prosperity and good fortune,” he added.

Meanwhile, SUPP Satok branch chairman Goh Leng Yeu pointed out that the lantern-decorated tree symbolised the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival and to share the joy with those frequenting the bustling area.

“We want to bring happiness to the locals and when they see the lanterns, they will be able to enjoy themselves and build a united and happy community,” he said, adding that SUPP Satok also decorated another tree located at Jalan Nanas.

The decoration was also a prelude to a larger event which is the Moon River Lantern Festival to be held at Kuching Waterfront tomorrow (Sept 9) evening.

“We invite the people of Satok to come to tomorrow’s celebration at Kuching Waterfront which will be held between 6 to 9pm,” Goh said.

The celebration will feature a dragon dance performance, distribution of lanterns as well as tasting of mooncakes. — DayakDaily