« Hangzhou Asian Games offered a taste of Chinese culture to athletes from around the world in the athlete’s village. A series of captivating Mid-Autumn Festival activities delighted participants and showcased Chinese traditions, as seen in footage recorded in Hangzhou on Friday.
Vleiry Tarazi, an athlete from Palestine who had already completed her competition, participated in one of the arts and crafts activitities organised in the villa.
« This is my first time here in China, I’m so excited to be here and doing all these arts and crafts, and being immersed in the culture. Something cool and something special », she said.
At the fair, athletes were treated to a variety of interactive activities, including traditional Chinese games. The ‘Encounter Mid-Autumn Festival’ Gala performance, steeped in Chinese culture, took centre stage, leaving a lasting impression on all who attended.
The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Lantern or Moon Festival, derives its name from its celebration in the middle of the autumn season. With a history spanning over 3,000 years, this festival holds a special place in Chinese culture.
This evening celebration sees families and friends come together to light lanterns, savour moon cakes, and bask in the glow of the full moon. The round moon symbolizes family reunion, making this day a true Festival of Reunion. »