Chinese Amb. HE Shi Zhongjun, Mr. Charlie Ng & Minister Alain St.Ange addressing Moon Cake Festival
The Chinese community of Seychelles joined together at the Chinese Embassy at St.Louis to celebrate their Mid-Autumn Festival with traditional Moon Cake. Welcoming everyone in the presence of Minister Alain St.Ange, Mr. Charlie Ng, the Chairman of the Seychelles Chinese Association, said: “First of all, we would like to thank the Ambassador for his usual support to unite all Chinese Seychellois through this gathering at the Chinese Embassy.
The Chairman of the Chinese Association of Seychelles then took time to explain the Mid-Autumn Festival by saying: “The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar. It is also known as the Moon Festival. Here in Seychelles, the Chinese Association of Seychelles celebrates this event through this gathering where we can eat Moon Cakes and other snacks.
Chairman Charlie Ng went on to address the construction of the new Chinese Pagoda of Seychelles. “I take this opportunity to appeal to all the Chinese descendants gathered here today to support the Association in the reconstruction of the new Pagoda. The Pagoda is for All Chinese Seychellois and for generations to come. Thanks to the intervention of H.E. Shi Zhongjun, we have received donations of more than Sr1m from overseas institutions of Lecong, Shuntat, and Meizhou. We are not far from the required budget. All those who intend to donate any fund, please contact Angele or myself.”
Mr. Charlie Ng, the Chairman of the Chinese Association, also confirmed that there will be a Chinese restaurant in the new Pagoda as he announced that the Association will tender out the restaurant in the new Pagoda building. “Any Chinese resident who knows the restaurant business and would like to run the restaurant, please contact Angele at the Chinese Association of Seychelles,” Mr. Ng said.
The Chinese Ambassador, H.E. Shi Zhongjun, then addressed the large group of Chinese Seychellois present, saying that this gathering was the largest number of Seychellois Chinese he had seen at any gathering or meeting and that this made him proud. The Ambassador also spoke briefly on the construction of the new Chinese Pagoda before presenting a check to the Chairman of the Chinese Association. The Chinese Ambassador will be completing his tenure of office in Seychelles in the coming weeks.
Following the official part of the Mid-Autumn Festival, Minister St.Ange, Ambassador Shi Zhongjun, and Mr. Charlie Ng joined the large crowd of Seychellois Chinese for a buffet lunch.