JOHOR BARU: It was a “moonless night” on Saturday due to the ongoing haze, but that did not detract from the cheer of the Chinese community here, as its members celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Alan Lee, 39, who was wearing a face mask during a visit to Fo Guang Shan Malaysia in Taman Sutera here, said he would not miss the celebration, even though he was feeling discomfort.
“I find myself sneezing, and I also have dry eyes since the haze started. My mother, who is 66, is also having breathing difficulties.
“Besides our health being affected, this haze is not good for the environment at all,” said Lee, who is an advocate of recycling.
Members of Fo Guang Shan, a non-governmental organisation, are known for their recycling initiatives.
At Taman Sutera Utama, Anna Tay, 42, who was also donning a mask, said she was unfazed by the haze, as she joined 10 other members of the Icare Cancer Support Association to enjoy a gathering organised by Tanah Sutera Development Sdn Bhd.
Tay, the founder of Icare, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer seven years ago.
“I am here to enjoy the mooncake, as well as take part in the Do It Yourself soap and lantern-making activities,” she said.
Tanah Sutera had also prepared what was touted as the biggest mooncake in Johor Baru, weighing 90kg and having a diameter of 102cm.
At Sunway Citrine Hub in Bandar Medini Iskandar, some 20 expatriates from Korea, Germany and Africa, among others, were seen carrying lanterns after a day-long event organised by Sunway Iskandar Sdn Bhd.
Its southern region (retail) marketing manager Larry Tan said the event was organised to give the foreigners a feel of the traditional Chinese celebration.
“Many of them, especially the children, were introduced to the festival for the first time and they really enjoyed the activities,” he said.
In Taman Bukit Indah, droves of people converged at the outdoor park to partake in Mid-Autumn Festival activities, which ran from 5pm to 10pm.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, usually with a full moon in sight. The festival is celebrated throughout the 8th lunar month, but the actual day of the Mid-Autumn Festival is Friday (Sept 13).