Mooncake festival braves the tail of Typhoon Mangkhut

Sim (second right), Hanifah (second left) and various organisation and association representatives displaying examples of Chinese calligraphy at one of the stalls at the festival.

KUCHING, Sept 20: Despite intermittent bad weather in the city due to Typhoon Mangkhut’s sweeping through the region over the past few days, the Kuching Intercultural Mooncake Festival is proceeding smoothly, like in previous years.

In a statement, the festival organisers said organising chairpersons Sim Kiang Chiok and Amy Tnay Li Ping had made the necessary preparations in anticipation of bad weather.

“With plenty for everyone to experience, we are looking at this festival as a platform not just to celebrate our multicultural identity but also the interchange of cultures among the people of different ages,” the statement said.

It added that ever since the first edition 17 years ago, the festival has grown from a one-night event to an eight-night spectacle.

“This year, we also invited the Brunei and Indonesian Consulates to join us. Through them, we invited some businesses from the two countries to participate in the event.

“We have been careful not to turn it into just a food festival. Towards that goal, we have included activities like a battle-of-the-bands duel, colouring competition, mooncake making contest as well as lantern-making and photography competitions,” it said.

The organising committee thanked all government agencies, especially Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) and its Datuk Bandar Datuk Abang Wahab Abang Julai, for their assistance.

“We would also like to thank Mukah MP Datuk Hanifah Hajar Taib Alsree for joining us as our VIP guest tonight (last night). This is her second visit to our event, and we are excited to show her the subtle changes we have made to the event,” the statement said. — DayakDaily