Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival

Rabbit and Chiky Lantern photo. <br> Source: zaltsev, Flickr.
Rabbit and Chiky Lantern photo.
Source: zaltsev, Flickr.

This year's Mid-Autumn Festival will take place on September 15! Also known as the Day of Reunion or the Moon Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival celebrates the harvest moon at its brightest and fullest. It's a time for family and for celebrations and for delicious mooncakes. Growing up in Singapore, I loved the brightly colored animal-shaped lanterns we carried about and their crinkly cellophane sounds.

This year, celebrate with us at the San Mateo County Libraries!

In Foster City Library, we'll start our celebration a bit early on Sunday, September 11 at 1:30 pm. We'll have a paper lantern craft, mooncakes, the Red Panda Acrobats, and a musical performance by Melody of China. You can also learn about the Chinese Emperors who reigned from the 12th to 20th centuries with our Docent Lecture: Emperor's Treasures on Saturday, September 10 at 3:00 pm.

Millbrae Library will host their Mid-Autumn Festival on Saturday, September 10 from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm. There will be lantern making, super ball sukui (a variation of the traditional goldfish-scooping Japanese game), and wanage, a traditional Japanese ring tossing game. We'll have performances by the local California Youth Chinese Symphony, a double-sword performance by Zungu Chen Family Taiji, the local Japanese senior group Satsuki-kai Chorus (founded in 1957), Korean Dance Master IL Hyun Kim, the Millbrae Youth Chamber, and the Red Panda Acrobats!

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