The Southside Chinese Residents Association will celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

The Southside Chinese Residents Association will celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (also known as the Full Moon Festival), with a free event in the Civic Plaza in Bray on 24th September.

A troupe of 22 artists will come all the way from China to put on an hour-long outdoor performance. There will also be lots of entertainment afterwards.

Those who attend the festival will have the opportunity to try some authentic Chinese tea and rice, learn Chinese calig- raphy, have Chinese language lessons and much more. The event is taking place from 3pm to 7pm.

The Mid-Autumn Festival, is a harvest festival celebrated notably by ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese peoples. The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with a full moon at night, cor- responding to late September to early October of the Gregorian calendar with a full moon at night.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is an inherited custom of moon sacrificial ceremonies. Observing that the movement of the moon had a close relationship with changes of the seasons and agricultural production, the ancient Chinese wished to express their thanks to the moon and celebrate the harvest. They therefore offered a sacrifice to the moon on autumn days. The Moon Cake, a round cake coming in a variety of flavours, is the special food of the Festival and is offered as a sacrifice to the moon.

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