Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia is one of the countries that preserve the Chinese culture, Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun said during an interview with Malaysia World News.
“Tourists are interested to visit Malaysia because it`s a multi-racial, multi-cultural country, and all races are living here in harmony and peace” he said after officiating the opening ceremony of Mooncake Festival on 3rd September at Malaysia Kochow Association, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
The Mooncake party was attended by more than 150 members from the Malaysia Kochow Association, its President Lee Mew and Honorary Life President Dato Foo Chu Jong and many other guests from all walks of life.
The event was sponsored and supported by the Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun, according to the President of Malaysia Kochow Association, Dato Foo Chu Jong.
Fong, who has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Bukit Bintang for 6 terms since November 1999 till present, said it`s very important to preserve the Chinese cultural heritage through this kind of festival as 22.8 percent are classified as ethnic Chinese in Malaysia.
The Mooncake Festival, known as Mid-Autumn Festival, is a popular observance in Malaysia amongst those of ethnic Chinese heritage. It is a traditional festival celebrated in Chinese culture. Similar holidays are celebrated in Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and other countries in East and Southeast Asia.
According to PublicHolidays website, Moon cakes are the food of choice on this Festival. These cakes are filled with sweet-tasting bean paste or with lotus seeds or another filling. Originally, the Festival was closely connected with making offerings to the moon god to get a bountiful harvest. Today, most are not moon worshippers, but the cake is still shaped as a moon for that reason. Traditionally, many families of Chinese descent in Malaysia would make several types of moon cakes, have festive family dinners, and go on marches while holding up lit Chinese lanterns at night. -Malaysia World News.