The Bendigo Chinese Association and Golden Dragon Museum today announced the cancellation of the Harvest Moon Festival for 2020 due to COVID-19.

As with many other events, current health restrictions make it impossible for this year’s Harvest Moon Festival to proceed. In 2020 the Harvest Moon falls on 1 October and the Festival celebrations where planned for 3 October.

The Harvest Moon Festival is one of the highlights of the annual Chinese calendar of events and festivals in Bendigo. Marking the traditional start of the Autumn harvest season in the Northern Hemisphere, Harvest Moon Festival is celebrated across various Asian cultures and is a particular favourite amongst Chinese people.  Each year hundreds of people enjoy the celebration held in Bendigo on the Dai Gum San Precinct to mark this important and happy occasion.

Doug Lougoon, President, Bendigo Chinese Association and Chair, Golden Dragon Museum: ‘COVID-19 has impacted all of us throughout 2020 and sadly Bendigo’s much-loved Harvest Moon Festival joins those other community events that have had to be cancelled.  The Bendigo Chinese Association is looking forward to a bright new year in 2021 when again we will be able to present all of our popular and colourful festivals and celebrations.’

Hugo Leschen, Chief Executive Officer, Golden Dragon Museum: ‘Our wonderful plans have had to be cancelled for this year’s Harvest Moon Festival but the team at the Golden Dragon Museum is looking forward to welcoming everyone back once the Museum is able to reopen.  Please keep an eye on our website for details of when this will be.’