The annual Chinese Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, was celebrated Thursday, September 19, 2013. The Chinese Corner held an event in order to honor this special day; and those that attended learned the history, cultural significance, and the taste of Moon Cake!
The evening began with Chinese students presenting to an enormous audience about one of China’s most revered holiday. One student, Miranda Hatcher, went into great detail about the history and one of the many stories behind the Chinese Moon Festival. While another student, Rachel Rice, explained the games in which the Chinese celebrate this festival.
Once the students finished their presentations, and everyone knew plenty about the Moon Festival, then we proceeded to try some of the esteemed moon cake! It was delicious and like nothing I have ever had before. It is extremely rich, and one surely can’t consume an entire moon cake by themselves.
After everyone had had their full of moon cake and tried all the different flavors, we ended the night by learning a Chinese song that is related to this holiday. It is called “Yueliang Daibiao Wo De Xin”, which means the moon is on behalf of my heart. Bin Lee and Professor Chen did a fantastic job in leading students through the song and by the end of the night students were singing it on their own on the way out.
It was a truly special night and celebration of a holiday much different from American holidays. Students all learned so much, and even those who don’t take Chinese walked away knowing a little Chinese they had been taught that night. The moon festival was well honored by all at CIH and the students can’t wait until the next Chinese Corner.
Another special Mid-autumn Festival party was held in the Palmetto Island County Park in Charleston, SC, from 12:00PM to 4:00PM, on September 21, 2013. The festival attracted not only the local Chinese but also some of their foreign friends who are interested in Chinese culture. The activity was sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Presbyterian College and the Chinese Association in Greater Charleston, which fully embodies that the Confucius institute is actively involved in the corporation with local Chinese association to promote Chinese culture and push the understanding and communication between the Chinese and the American.
It’s worth mentioning that there will be another great moon festival party in Greenville this weekend. The Confucius Institute at Presbyterian College will share some Chinese culture and information about the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp and the Chinese Proficiency tests with the locals.