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UTSA Chinese Classes Celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival 2015

November 4, 2015

UTSA students and faculty from Chinese Elementary and Intermediate classes gathered at the University Center to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival 2015 in September.

During the two-hour celebration, more than 50 students and several guestslearned about the tradition of the Mid-Autumn Festival by watching Chinese Mid-Autumn Celebration TV shows, listening to the legendary story of Houyi and Chang’e, dressing in traditional Chinese costumes, and sampling moon cakes—which are typically eaten during the festival. The students also learned and sang one of the popular Chinese songs, “The Moon Represents My Heart."

The Chinese Mid-autumn Festival is an important traditional holiday celebrated by ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese people throughout the world. The celebration is held on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month each year, and is an important time for reunion with friends and family. On this festival day, family members gather to appreciate the bright full moon, eat moon cakes, and express strong yearnings toward family members and friends who live near and afar. In addition, there are other customs such as playing lanterns, and dragon and lion dances in certain regions in China.

“Overall, I thought this celebration was a great cultural learning experience for many of my students. There were a lot of memorable moments, but the most rewarding was having the students try the red bean moon cakes for the first time! This celebration would not have been possible without the support from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Confucius Institute at UTSA”, as reflected by Ashley Li, instructor for both Chinese classes. 

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