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April 2010 news

KULCHA on Swan – Altone Comes Alive!

24th of April 2010 – Altone Park Recreation Centre

On the 24th April, The CCC Lion Dance Troupe was invited to perform at the Altone Comes Alive! Festival, which was hosted by Altone Park Recreation Centre. The Altone Comes Alive! Festival is a part of the KULCHA on Swan, which is a series of free outdoor community events presented by the City of Swan. KULCHA is the only arts organisation dedicated solely in fostering, developing and promoting multicultural arts in Western Australia.

The Lion Dance performance attracted a large audience at the grounds of Altone Park, and was enjoyed and amazed by all who was watching. Other performances of the day included school dance performances, and the Miles to Go Band.

The CCC Lion Dance Troupe has performed at a number of KULCHA on Swan events, which includes the Ballajura Harmony Festival. The troupe will like to thank Carol Lee, from the City of Swan for giving us the opportunity to perform at the Altone Comes Alive! Festival, and for allowing us to be part of the KULCHA on Swan. We look forward to performing for you once again for KULCHA on Swan.

Buddha’s Birthday & Multicultural Festival 2010

11th of April 2010 – Supreme Court Gardens

The CCC Lion Dance Troupe had the honour of being invited to perform at the opening ceremony of the Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural Festival 2010. The Buddha Festival was organised by the Fo Guang Shan Temple and the Buddha’s Light International Association of WA (BLIAWA).

The Festival celebrates the birth of the Sakyamuni Buddha who was born on the 8th day of the fourth lunar month in 600 BC. In celebration of his birthday, Buddhists use fragrant water to bathe the statue image of Buddha. The significance of the act is to cleanse our body, speech and thoughts to eradicate anger, greed and ignorance in order to purify our minds to cultivate merits and wisdom.

The festival featured Buddhist temple representatives making offerings to the Buddha, and a short blessing service, including the Bathing of the Buddha Ritual.

This was the first time the CCC Lion Dance Troupe has performed at the festival. The CCC Lion Dance Troupe will like to thank Natasha from the BLIAWA for allowing us to be part of this holy festival, and we look forward to this opportunity once again in 2011.

 

Good Friday Ching Ming Festival

2nd of April 2010 – Karrakatta Cemetery

On every Good Friday, members of the Chinese Community Centre (CCC) Lion Dance Troupe attend the Ching Ming Festival held at Karrakatta Cemetery.

The Ching Ming Festival is organised by John Hsu and the CCC. The purpose of the Ching Ming festival is to show respect to the late members of the Chinese Community. A variety of food, flowers and other offerings are made on this day. All these offerings have been donated by members of the Chinese Community as an act of kindness.

Since 1984 John Hsu has contributed a lot of his own money and time to fix up the Chinese section of the Karrakatta Cemetery. Prior to this, the cemetery was in bad condition with many of the gravestones cracked and broken and the place left dirty and untidy. John and the Chinese Community all have donated funds to clean up this section, which is now well maintained.

To make this year’s Ching Ming Festival more special, John and the Chinese Community donated additional funds to fund a new pergola for the Chinese section of the Karrakatta Cemetery. This pergola was kindly built by Suntec Constructions, who is a sponsor of The CCC Lion Dance Troupe. Under the pergola is a shrine of the God of the dead, Yan Wang. The statue of Yan Wang looks over the whole Chinese section of the cemetery caring and protecting those who are no longer with us.

Members of the CCC Lion Dance Troupe assisted the ceremony by helping serve incense, cleaning, serving of offerings and food preparations.

At this event there was no Lion Dance but just genuine and pure respect for the late members of the Chinese Community.