Local museum holds Chinese moon festival

September 28, 2017 by  

The 13th annual Chinese Moon Festival, a.k.a. the Mid-Autumn Festival, will be celebrating Chinese culture early in October.

This festival, dating back to the Tang Dynasty, occurs in the Chinese calendar’s eighth lunar month on the fifth day, when the full moon is at its brightest.

Families traditionally gather to enjoy the moon and eat ‘moon cakes’, which will be available for purchase along with Chinese tea during the event. Storytellers will be sharing Chinese legends such as ‘Rabbit on the Moon’. High-powered telescopes will give everyone a good look at the full moon. There will be a Lion Dance performance, and calligraphers will be on hand to print guests’ names in calligraphy. Chopstick training and authentic Chinese cooking demonstrations, games, and crafts will also be available to enjoy.

Chinese artifacts and museum photographs will tell the story of Chinese immigrants who came to Redding long ago. These items have been donated by the Riverside Metropolitan Museum.

Children may enjoy dressing in traditional Chinese costumes and getting their pictures taken for family calendars.

The event is scheduled for October 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Heritage House, 8193 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside. The festival will be free and is presented by the Riverside Astronomical Society and the Riverside Huaxia Chinese School, which offers performing art, Chinese language, and enrichment classes.