Chinese Moon Festival Scheduled for Sept 17thSeptember 9th, 2013
The UT community is invited to join the UT Confucius Institute for the inaugural Chinese Moon Festival scheduled for Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium on the Main Campus.
“This event is free and will feature a variety of activities celebrating Chinese culture,” said Minhua Wu, Confucius Institute assistant director. “Participants will be able to do a variety of art projects such as make a Chinese bracelet, design a paper lantern, or create wish cards for friends and family. We will have an opportunity where people can practice Chinese calligraphy, take a photo under the full moon at the photo booth, learn to speak a little Chinese and visit an Asian Market featuring Chinese souvenirs. ”
“We will also be handing out samples of traditional moon cakes,” added Wu. “As you can hear we have a lot planned, we encourage the campus community to turn out for what we hope will become our signature event on UT’s campus.”
The Moon Festival is a popular harvest festival celebrated by Chinese people. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar. It is called “Mid-Autumn Festival” or “Moon Festival”, because of the celebration’s association with the full moon on this night, as well as the traditions of moon worship and moon gazing. The festival consists of three fundamental meanings which are closely tied to one another: gathering, such as family and friends coming together; thanksgiving, to give thanks for the harvest; praying, such as for babies, a spouse, or other family members for a good future.
Confucius Institute at The University of Toledo is committed to serving the region of Northwest Ohio by providing education in Chinese language and culture, the development of and enhancing China-related scholarly research/discovery, academic programs, and educational/training programs that support business outreach/engagement, and offering opportunities for cultural exchanges between China and the United States of America.
The Confucius Institute is part of the Center for International Studies and Programs (CISP) which is committed to the belief that effective cross-cultural interaction leads to global understanding and ultimately to a more rewarding human experience and to a better, more peaceful world. Learn more about CISP at utoledo.edu/cisp.
For more details regarding the Chinese Moon Festival visit www.utoledo.edu/cisp/moonfestival.