Moon Festival Celebration at Senic Park Elementary Gym

Hosted by  Scenic Park Elementary School, UAA Confucius Institute presents yearly celebration of moon festival celebration. Please come and join to enjoy moon cakes and fun games.

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Monday, Sept. 23 ---- Scenic Park Elementary Gym         

 

 

 
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Moon Festival Celebration at Bartlett Highschool

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Hosted by Bartlett High School, UAA Confucius Institute presents yearly celebration of moon festival celebration. Please come and join to enjoy moon cakes and fun games.

2:00p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Friday,  Sept. 20    ---- Bartlett High School   

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Moon Festival ( Mid-Autumn Festival) is a popular harvest festival celebrated by Chinese. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, during a full moon, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar.

The Government of the People's Republic of China listed the festival as an "intangible cultural heritage" in 2006, and it was made a Chinese public holiday in 2008. Among the Chinese, it is considered the second most important holiday tradition.

Meaning of Moon Festival

The festival celebrates three fundamental concepts which are closely tied to one another:

    Gathering, such as family and friends coming together, or harvesting crops

     Thanksgiving, to give thanks for the harvest, or for harmonious unions

    Praying (asking for conceptual or material satisfaction), such as for babies, a spouse, beauty, longevity, or for a good future

The moon festival was a time to enjoy the successful reaping of rice and wheat with food offerings made in honor of moon. Today, it is still an occasion for outdoor reunions among friends and relatives to eat moon cakes and watch the full moon, a symbol of harmony and unity.

Moon Cake

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Making and sharing mooncakes is one of the hallmark traditions of this festival. In Chinese culture, a round shape symbolizes completeness and unity. Thus, the sharing of round mooncakes among family members signify the completeness and unity of families. In some areas of China, there is a tradition of making mooncakes during the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival.The senior person in that household would cut the mooncakes into pieces and distribute them to each family member, signifying family reunion. In contemporary times, however, making mooncakes at home has given way to the more popular custom of giving mooncakes to family members, although the meaning of maintaining familial unity remains.Making and sharing mooncakes is one of the hallmark traditions of this festival. In Chinese culture, a round shape symbolizes completeness and unity. Thus, the sharing of round mooncakes among family members signify the completeness and unity of families. In some areas of China, there is a tradition of making mooncakes during the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival. The senior person in that household would cut the mooncakes into pieces and distribute them to each family member, signifying family reunion. In contemporary times, however, making mooncakes at home has given way to the more popular custom of giving mooncakes to family members, although the meaning of maintaining familial unity remains.

 

Moon Festival Celebration at Asia Center Alaska

Moon Festival Celebration is on September 15 Please Join us to celebrate this Chinese traditional Autumn Festival. Download the news flyer for information about the event activities.