EVER wondered what it would be like to be a goddess for a day?
Cabramatta businesswoman Thao Le knows the ups and downs of the demanding job, but after experiencing it last year, she's decided to put her hand up again for the role of moon goddess at this year's Moon Festival.
"I think it's a fun, beautiful and special role," she said.
Dressed in an elaborate costume made by a student as part of a major university project, Miss Le will lead the lantern parade which starts at 5.25pm on Sunday, September 15.
"The costume is very special," she said. "I love the outfit and I feel beautiful when I wear it. I do my own make-up and students at the beauty college I own will do my hair.
"Last year people really enjoyed getting a photo with the moon goddess.
"According to the Vietnamese version, the moon goddess is pretty and a good person. The legend has it that when the moon is fullest, the moon goddess comes out.
"She brings luck, good health and beautiful things to people, especially to kids."
Walking beside her at the festival is a man dressed as an archer who, legend has it, protects the Moon Goddess.
"I like to help bring back tradition and contribute something to the Cabramatta community," Miss Le said.