Thanks to the generosity of McElhanney Consulting Services and Scotiabank, Barkerville’s annual Mid‐Autumn Moon Festival was a day full of music, magic, lion-dances and more!
A celebration of the founding of Barkerville, British Columbia’s Chinatown and the inaugural chapter of BC’s Chinese Freemasons drew more than 1000 people to the National Historic Site of Canada’s annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival this past Saturday, August 16th.
Mid-Autumn Moon Festivals have been held throughout Asia for more than 1000 years. The holiday is a time to rejoice over the bounty of the summer harvest, the fullness of the moon, and to recall the legends of Chang O, a tragic Chinese goddess who is said to live on the moon. The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is often compared to Thanksgiving in the western world, because of its spirit of appreciation and the abundance of food – including the traditional moon cake; a flaky, round, semi-sweet pastry often filled with bean or lotus-seed paste shaped to resemble the full moon. Millions of moon cakes are sold and/or gifted around the world during celebrations of the Mid-Autumn Moon.
Barkerville’s 2014 Mid-Autumn Moon Festival included a variety of daytime and evening activities commemorating British Columbia’s Chinese-Canadian pioneers, including lion dances, traditional Chinese noodle-making demonstrations, lantern-making workshops, a tea ceremony, games for all ages, moon cake tasting, two special celebration banquets, late-night fireworks, and a spectacular parade of illuminated paper lanterns that filled the event with equal parts revelry and reverence for one of BC’s oldest and largest ethnic communities.
This year’s sesquicentennial Mid‐Autumn Moon Festival was made possible by an annual gift from Community Sponsor McElhanney Consulting Services, Ltd., who’s much appreciated funds went directly to the special event weekend, including the purchase of moon cakes, lantern making supplies, prizes, and fireworks.
“McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. is once again delighted to be a part of the Barkerville Mid-Autumn Moon Festival in 2014,” said Darren Kent, McElhanney’s Division Manager- Legal Surveys. “With the company’s own involvement in the history of British Columbia and the Cariboo, we enjoy the chance to look back at our past and appreciate the difficulties and challenges that our early settlers and First Nations had to contend with in this part of the world.
“McElhanney also congratulates the Chinese community who played such a primary role in the history of Barkerville and BC and is happy to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival,” he added.
This is McElhanney’s fourth gift to Barkerville and their fourth year sponsoring the Mid‐Autumn Festival. In addition to McElhanney’s Community Sponsorship, the first-time Community Support of the Quesnel branch of Scotiabank helped to make the 2014 Mid‐Autumn Moon Festival a roaring success. This is the fifth year that Scotiabank has supported Barkerville’s seasonal events, and the first year of their additional support of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.
“Scotiabank is happy to support this great event and the Chinese influence on the Barkerville and Quesnel communities,” said Brian Harrison, Scotiabank’s Quesnel Branch Manager.
For more information about the Mid‐Autumn Moon Festival, or any of Barkerville’s seasonal events, please visit please visit www.barkerville.ca/events.htm.