Celebrating Thanksgiving with an Online Poem Recitation

Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend follows the traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.  To celebrate, as well as to help relieve the stress of the ongoing pandemic, the Da Chueh Sub-chapter of BLIA hosted an online gathering on October 10 to recite poems using the themes “Admiring the Moon”, “Hometown”, and “Thanksgiving”.


The ninety-minute program included 18 wonderful performances, and brought together people of all ages over large distances.   Among the participants were Venerable Chueh Fan, the Abbess of Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto, Venerable Ru Xing, the advising Venerable of Da Chueh Sub-Chapter, Mable Ho, the President of BLIA Toronto Chapter, and Winnie Kwong, the Director of BLIA.


To open the event, John Lu, the president of Da Chueh Sub-chapter, led everyone to experience an online pilgrimage through sharing the video "The Founding Story of Fo Guang Shan".  After the special online pilgrimage, more than 30 participants aged 4 to 12, performing either individually or as a family, sharing their talents. The program included Chinese poem recitations, tongue twisters, playing musical instruments, singing, dancing, and stories.  Some performances were pre-recorded, showing the participants’ talents in editing, recording, and producing.  Overall, the event was a way to share the importance of trust, gratitude, and positive thinking.


Venerable Chueh Fan praised the event as an activity full of Chinese culture and also stressed the significance of observing Thanksgiving. She encouraged everyone to value "One" and apply it in generating positive energy, as taught by Venerable Master Hsing Yun. Venerable Ru Xing reminded everyone to contemplate the Law of Cause and Condition, using it to be contented and grateful.



Translated by Winnie Kwong 

Proofread by Gregg Astoorian