Tzu Chi Moon Festival was held on September 24th, 2017 (Saturday) at Fresno Service Center. Moon Festival can also referred as Mid-Autumn Festival. It is the second grandest festival in China after the Chinese New Year. Moon Festival started as a harvest festival held on 15th day of the eighth month on the lunar calendar, a full moon night between late September and early October.
It is also a time of year that the moon is at its brightest, which is why lunar legends have always been attached to the celebration. Notably, the story of Chang Er, the wife of a merciless king who downed the elixir of immortality he had intended to drink, to save her people from his tyrannical rule.
In Chinese’s beliefs, the full moon is the symbol of family reunion. Chinese family members will have dinner together. After dinner, they will have mooncakes as it is a symbol of family reunion.
To ensure this tradition can be passing down to the next generation, Tzu Chi organization hosts this event every year. They prepared over 20 performances for audiences to enjoy. Not only that, they also prepared different varieties of vegetarian foods, desserts, and drinks. They provide free admission and people will need to pay for coupon in order to buy foods. The service center decorated with colorful lantern and lights, the vivid colors created a harmonious atmosphere.
All of the foods are prepared by the members of Tzu Chi. The foods they served including traditional Taiwanese foods and Indian foods, such as Dan Dan noodles, sesame balls, buns, mooncakes, spring rolls, boba drinks, Roti Prata, and many more.
The performances including sign language, lion dance, Cambodian dance, Gumyo Taiko, Polynesian dance, Hmong dance, Chinese Folk dance, Thai dance, Indian dance, martial art, Native American flute, lucky draw, and many more.
“May we live long and share the beauty of the moon together, even if we are hundreds miles apart.” I think this is the day when the Chinese family members and friends get to share their joys together even they are far apart from each other.