The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is hosting its annual Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival. Friends and Family of all ages are invited to celebrate the traditional autumn festival in a fun-filled day of hands-on arts activities, interactive storytelling, and performances inspired by folk tales.
Sometimes referred to as “Chinese Thanksgiving,” the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is celebrated to give thanks for the summer harvest. Families gather for picnics by moonlight and admire the moon at its fullest and roundest. Lanterns are lit to celebrate the moon’s brightness. Traditionally, Mid-Autumn Moon Festival ceremonies were held to greet winter and to worship the Moon Goddess Chang ‘E; her husband and famed archer, Hou Yi; and her friendly moon companion, the Jade Rabbit.
Visitors may choose from a selection of art-making activities, such as Cosmic Kaleidoscopes, Mooncake Messages, and Shadow Stories, where visitors can use colorful vellum to construct shadow puppets and stage original performances at MOCA’s shadow puppet theater. Festival attendees can also explore culinary traditions at Making (Make-Believe) Mooncakes, an exploration on the ingredients necessary for making mooncakes, and Go Mooncakes for MOCA!, a tasting of these sweet holiday treats from Fay Da Bakery alongside aromatic teas from Harney & Sons. The schedule features the return of signature activities such as Round is a Moon Gallery Hunt and Legends Story Time. This year’s Calligraphy Corner is joined by expert calligrapher
I-Hsuan Chao, who will demonstrate this traditional art form and lead visitors in learning simple brushstroke techniques.
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