The UT community is invited to join the UT Confucius Institute in celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union Ingman Room.
“This event is free and will feature fun activities, snack food and prizes,” said Xinren Yu, international programs coordinator who works with the Confucius Institute. “There will also be free moon cakes, which is a traditional treat served during the Mid-Autumn Festival.”
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a popular harvest event celebrated by Chinese people. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar. It is called Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival because of the celebration’s association with the full moon on this night, as well as the traditions of moon worship and moon gazing.
The festival consists of three fundamental meanings that are closely tied to one another: gathering, such as family and friends coming together; thanksgiving, to give thanks for the harvest; and praying for babies, a spouse or other family members for a good future.
The Confucius Institute at The University of Toledo is committed to serving the region of northwest Ohio by providing education in Chinese language and culture; developing and enhancing China-related scholarly research/discovery, academic programs and educational/training programs that support business outreach/engagement; and offering opportunities for cultural exchanges between China and the United States.
The institute is part of the Center for International Studies and Programs, which is committed to the belief that effective cross-cultural interaction leads to global understanding and ultimately to a more rewarding human experience and to a better, more peaceful world.
Learn more about the Center for International Studies and Programs at utoledo.edu/cisp.