The Confucius Institute hosts Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

September 11, 2013

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Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The Confucius Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will be hosting its fourth annual Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival on Monday, Sept. 16 from 5-7 p.m. in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery in Ullsvik Hall. A $5 entry fee will be charged. All are encouraged to attend the festival, which is open to the public.

In China, the festival is known as the Moon Festival or Harvest Moon Festival and falls on the 15th day of the eigth month of the Chinese calendar. “Festivals in the fall are a tradition in many Asian cultures,” said Mei Reeder, assistant director of the Confucius Institute. “The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is a great way for students to learn about Chinese culture and how they celebrate holidays.”

Featured during the festival will be live music and food. Guzheng music by Emay’s Music Studio will be featured for the first time at the event. A guzheng is a traditional Chinese stringed instrument. Attendees will indulge in the eating of moon cakes and pomeleos. Moon cakes are considered to be a delicacy and are offered between friends and family while celebrating the festival. Different types of tea will be available and will be served with the moon cakes, including Kung Fu tea.

A souvenir table will be set up during the festival for the purchase of gifts to remember the evening. “We hope that people will come and enjoy the festival,” said Reeder. “Everyone is welcome to come and learn a bit about Chinese culture in a relaxed setting.”

Other upcoming events offered by the Confucius Institute include daytime and evening courses about the Chinese culture and the Mandarin language. For more information about the Confucius Institute go to uwplatt.edu/confucius.

Contact: Mei Reeder, Confucius Institute, (608) 342-1483, reedery@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Ethan Giebel, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, giebele@uwplatt.edu

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