Food, musical performances and close to 500 lanterns will be featured during the inaugural White Rock Moon Festival, happening this weekend.
The three-day event will celebrate Chinese culture in celebration of a harvest festival observed on the lunar calendar at this time of year.
The lanterns will line the pier and promenade starting Friday evening (Oct. 4) and continuing until Sunday.
City of White Rock staff have worked to stage the event with partners White Rock Chinese Arts Centre and the Richmond-based Association for Chinese Cultural Promotion -Canada.
"Our goal is to promote Chinese music, dance and art, especially to the younger generation," said Leslie Zhao of White Rock Chinese Arts Centre, a non-profit organization.
"Last year, we did a Moon Festival concert at (Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey), and this year we joined with the other Richmond organization, to provide lanterns."
Zhao said several different types of colourful lanterns will be on display.
"Because we are short of sponsorship (for the event), we cannot import more styles of lanterns," Zhao told the Now. "This is the first year we'll try lanterns along the White Rock pier, and if it goes well we'll probably do more of them next year."
Similar events are held in Richmond, Burnaby and other areas of Metro Vancouver, she added.
"In White Rock, you hardly see something like this happening, and that's why we want to promote more Chinese culture in this area," Zhao said. "As a realtor, I know that Chinese people like this area. Some are new immigrants, some are moving from Vancouver and Richmond and Burnaby to the area, so we definitely need to do something to promote White Rock and South Surrey more."
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