Western Michigan University is commemorating the Chinese Moon Festival in itd Student Recreation Center Saturday, October 7 from noon to 5 p.m.
The festival is organized by Western Michigan University’s Haenicke Institute for Global Education.
The Moon Festival is typically celebrated with moon cakes, a day off of work, lighting lanterns and lion dances. The traditional holiday can be compared to America’s Thanksgiving as both holidays call for a gathering of family and thanks for the harvest of the year.
The festival will have a variety of activities such as badminton, martial art performances, yo-yo and dances performances and classes, and a Taiko drum show. Former festivals have featured tea etiquette lessons, dumpling recipe workshops, lion dances, and Chinese paper cutting. A Chinese art exhibit will be on display during the festival as well.
Informational booths will be open all around the Student Recreation Center to help newcomers learn about Chinese traditions.
Admission and parking are both free. Traditional foods from local restaurants will be offered for attendees for a nominal fee.