Monday, October 02, 2006
The Moon Festival
The MOON FESTIVAL OF SILICON VALLEY is a cultural fair that will take place in the Cupertino Memorial Park annually on a weekend right before the eighth full moon of the Chinese Calendar. It usually falls in September of the Gregorian Calendar. The event is based on the traditional Chinese celebration of the full moon.
On the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, the moon is round and the Chinese people mark their Moon (or Mid-autumn) Festival. The round shape to a Chinese means family reunion. Therefore the Moon Festival is a holiday for members of a family to get together wherever it is possible.
The Moon Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival is the second largest holiday in East Asia after the Lunar New Year, a type of "Chinese Thanksgiving" which emphasizes family unity.