特集:2017年09月30日OCCA Moon Festival celebration

〖On September 30, 2017, the Chinese School in the Central Valley Elementary School hosted their annual Moon Festival celebration. In China, the Moon Festival, or the Mid-Autumn Festival, is traditionally celebrated on the 15th day of August on the Lunar Calendar. This year, the Moon Festival would have been held on October 4th, 2017, but since Chinese School is on a Saturday, the OCCA’s family and friends gathered together to celebrate it on the 30th of September. During the celebration, mooncakes are laid out to eat. Mooncakes are normally made of oil, starch, red bean or lotus seed paste, and is normally imprinted with the Chinese characters for “longevity” and “harmony” on the cake. The roundness of the cake represents a well-rounded family and the round moon.While the children were learning, the adults and parents laid out the delicate, savory mooncakes, tart green and purple grapes, crunchy chips, sweet juice, and tea. They also set up vivid red tablecloths and vibrant red and yellow lanterns hanging from the ceiling. When snack time came around, the children burst through the doors, snatching snacks and beverages. When they all settled down, the principal of the Chinese School, Mr. Ken Chan, gave a quick speech about the Moon Festival, and everyone began to taste the moon cake and snacks. Both the children and the adults enjoyed the pleasant dessert of mooncakes. Thank you to Mr. Ken Chan and the OCCA for setting up the incredible event! (by Miss Stephanie Peng)