Chinese Moon Festival (9/21)

Chinese Festival scheduled at
Purdue Calumet Saturday (9/21)

One of China’s most highly visible events, “The Chinese Moon Festival,” also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, will be celebrated Saturday (9/21) beginning at 6 p.m. in Purdue University Calumet’s Fitness and Recreation Center.

Legendary stories

Sponsored by the Purdue Calumet Chinese Students Association, the evening festivity includes various entertainment presentations, such as singing, dancing and Chinese instrument shows. Games, sports and karaoke also will be offered. Rounding out the celebration will be a Chinese dinner, including traditional moon cakes.

Many legendary stories highlight this event, the focus of which is the full moon and the merriment that surrounds it. Family togetherness and romanticism are encouraged while eating desserts under the moon.

This holiday has been celebrated by Chinese communities since the Shang Dynasty in 1600 B.C. Historically, farmers used the event to give thanks to the moon god for successful harvests.

Moon cake

Today, the festival provides an occasion for family reunions and the consumption of special snacks – notably, the customary moon cake.

“Chinese culture is deeply embedded in traditional festivals,” Purdue Calumet Chinese Student Association President Wenchao Lu said. “Just like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the west, the Moon Festival is one of the most important traditional events for the Chinese.”

Admission is $10 and $5 for students. To obtain tickets call (219) 989-2765 or (219) 629-3778, or email Linda Robinson.