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 lunar gazing.
The festival consists of three fundamental meanings that are
closely tied to one another: gathering, such as family
and friends coming together; thanksgiving, to give thanks
for the harvest; and praying such as for babies, a
spouse, or other family members for a good future.
“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.”
The Confucius Institute at The University of Toledo
serves the northwest Ohio region 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.
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