The event, which was co-ordinated by volunteers and supported by the Burrinja Belgrave traders and lantern artists, saw the idyllic lanterns fill the evening’s sky to celebrate the shortest day of the year on Saturday night. The event heralds the turning point with new beginnings celebrated coming into longer days in the lead-up to spring.
Having consulted with event coordinators about the involvement of our members in the festival, WBro. Roger Thomas organised that the Belgrave Masonic Centre open its doors to the public, and provide information about the organisation.
WBro. Lionel May, District Coordinator for the Monash Gully District said that the event gave local members an opportunity to proudly march and provide a face to Freemasonry.
“It was a great event. Members from a number of Lodges took part. We were pleased to march in public as between 8-10,000 people lined the street. We were stopped continuously by people wanting to know more”, he said.
“Many were interested in that they knew we were in Belgrave but had never actually seen us before, so questions raised were about what the organisation does and who can join”.