Garrison Forest Celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival, September 29, 2012
Celebrated by most Asian countries and in parts of the United States with a significant Asian population, the Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as “Reunion Festival”—a time for families and friends to come together to observe the moon, decorate parks with lanterns, enjoy light entertainment, and eat round, sweet cakes called moon cakes. The festival is on the 15th day in the eighth lunar month when the moon is full and bright. For about 300 years, this big harvest moon has inspired poems, songs and folktales that have become part of the festival. In China, the Mid-Autumn Festival is second only to the Lunar New Year Celebration.
Sponsored by GFS's Confucius Classroom with funding by the Hanban Institute, the free event attracted hundreds of participants to its Lantern Parade led by the Yong Han Lion Dancers of Johns Hopkins University and the Han Pan Korean American Drum Troupe and the evening of Asian-themed entertainment in Garland Theater. Performances included:
Ling Tang Dance Performance
Yong Han Lion Dancers of Johns Hopkins University
Han Pan Korean American Drum Troupe
Shadow Puppet Show performed by GFS Middle School students
Music, moon cakes and fun for all ages
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