’Chinese Moon Festival’ to be celebrated at Purdue Calumet Sept. 28

A Chinese Gong Fu show, traditional Chinese games, talent presentations and food are part of a Chinese Moon Festival celebration scheduled at Purdue University Calumet at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28.

“This event is one of the most important holidays in China,” Purdue Calumet Chinese Student Association President Yi Xuan said. “It is similar to Thanksgiving here.”

Purdue Calumet’s Offices of International Programs Office and Student Activities, Multicultural Campus Council and the Chinese Student Association are sponsoring the celebration, to be held in the Fitness & Recreation Center at the south end of campus.

The celebration includes a short history lesson about the Chinese Moon Festival—also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival or Zhongqiu Festival—a Chinese Gong Fu show and such traditional Chinese games as jianzi. There also will be karaoke time, badminton and ping-pong competitions, and Chinese food served.

The Chinese Moon Festival dates back more than 3,000 years to moon worship in China’s Shang Dynasty. It was first called ‘Zhongqiu Jie’ (Mid-Autumn Festival) in the Zhou Dynasty.

The observance is held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar—in September or early October. It is considered of high importance, as farmers celebrate the end of the fall harvesting season. During this day, Chinese family members and friends gather to admire the bright, mid-autumn harvest moon and eat ‘moon cakes’ under the moon. Other cultural or regional customs are observed during the celebration.

This marks the seventh year the event has been celebrated at Purdue Calumet.

Other information about Purdue Calumet’s Chinese Moon Festival celebration can be obtained by phoning the university at 219/413-1988 or 219/989-2765.