Hong Kong

Caring for the elderly during Moon Festival

The mid–Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, is a traditional festival celebrated by many East and Southeast Asian people.

This year the Moon Festival took place on 1 October and our team based in Hong Kong once again eagerly participated by showing kindness to others.

In Chinese culture, the Moon Festival historically symbolises reunion and harmony among family members. It was a good time for us to show our care and love to the elderly, so the Aspen Asia team arranged a celebratory event for the Wah Hong Home for the Elderly.

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The Centre is the first elderly hostel in a public housing estate in Hong Kong. Due to COVID-19 and the associated lockdown measures instituted by the government, homes for the elderly have not been open to the public. This, however, did not deter the team from Aspen, who continued to engage with this community during these unprecedented times using interactive live video meeting chats.

Our team also played games that complemented the theme of the Moon Festival. The residents shared their life experiences and enjoyed moon cake, the traditional festive food, that was donated by Aspen.

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Helping others boosts one's own happiness and we will continue with initiatives such as these to bring joy and comfort to those who are in need of emotional support and who are so grateful for our gestures of kindness.