Thursday, September 16, 2010

Moon Cakes and Flying Lanterns: Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival in New York City

This week we wrote about a lot of Harvest Festivals, but in New York City you can also celebrate the Harvest the traditional Chinese way. The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is the Chinese festival of the Autumnal equinox. Traditionally families go out to admire the big Autumn moon, eat elaborate moon cakes, and light lots of pretty paper lanterns. You can celebrate right along either at one of these events or create your own celebration.

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Family Day
Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre St, Manhattan
Sunday, September 19, 2010 from 10am-5pm
Ages 3 and Up

Join the folks at the Museum of Chinese in America for a day long family festival. Children can listen to traditional Autumn moon stories and legends, make lanterns and shadow puppets. Children's book illustrator Grace Lin will present her book Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, a story that familiarizes children with the foods and customs of the Autumn Festival mooncake by following the story of one family. And older kids can meet author Lenore Look and her book series about Alvin Ho, a second grader who is afraid of everything.

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival in Chinatown
Sara D Roosevelt Park (Canal and Forsyth Streets)
Sunday, September 19, 1-4pm
All ages

Come to Chinatown to sample moon cakes, play games, see lion dancers and music. There might even be some free gifts. The children's lantern parade will be at 1:30.


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