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Introduction

The Chinatown Autumn Moon Cultural Festival Ceremony is the largest fall public event in New York's Chinatown. Last year, the event attracted 50,000 spectators. A cultural celebration of color, culture and spectacle, the events were covered by domestic and international media, including the Associated Press, Reuters, USA Today, New York Times, MSNBC, TVB Hong Kong, all Chinese American Media outlet, among many many others.

The largest pan-Asian event on the East Coast, this colorful spectacle features traditional lion and dragon dances, riddle (poetry) contest, autumn moon cake tasting, beautiful Chinese traditional lantern exhibit and cultural performers from all across Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, among many others. Started in 2004 to promote traditional culture within the Chinatown community, the festival has evolved into one of the city’s major tourist attractions and receives extensive worldwide media coverage.

For the first time, the Chinese Overseas Agency in China is donating hundreds of colorful, traditional autumn moon lanterns to the organizer & cultural expertise in making this event more colorful and attractive.

 

What is Autumn Moon?

The Autumn Moon Festival is on the 15th of the 8th lunar month. It's also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival. At this time, the moon is at its fullest and brightest, marking an ideal time to celebrate the abundance of the summer's harvest.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the two most important holidays in the Chinese calendar (the other being the Chinese Lunar New Year). Farmers celebrate the end of the summer harvesting season on this date. Traditionally, on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather for reunion. When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems.

It is also a romantic one. Lovers spend such a romantic night together tasting the delicious moon cake and watching the full moon. Traditionally, brightly lit animal and fruit lanterns are often carried around by children.