Saturday, September 22, 2018
Most cultures have a harvest festival and China is no exception. Zhong Qiu Jie (中秋节), the Autumn Moon Festival, has roots back to ancient times and is an important traditional Chinese holiday. Traditionally taking place on the fifteenth day of the eight month of the lunar calendar, the Autumn Moon Festival is usually on or close to the time of the “Harvest Moon” when the moon appears at its fullest during the autumnal equinox. Celebrate the Autumn Moon Festival, one of the four most important holidays on the Chinese calendar, at Lan Su Chinese Garden and enjoy cultural performances, vendors and food carts on our special Community Festival Lot outside the garden with extended hours until 9 p.m.! The Community Festival Lot (3 - 9 p.m.) is located at NW Flanders and 3rd Ave. Admission to the Community Festival Lot is FREE. Events that take place inside the garden require Lan Su admission or membership.
The Community Festival Lot (3 - 9 p.m.) is located at NW Flanders and 3rd Ave. Admission to the Community Festival Lot is FREE. Events that take place inside the garden require Lan Su admission or membership.
*Please Note: These special admission prices are available day-of (9/22) in the ticket booth or Garden Shop only and cannot be purchased in advance or online.
3 - 9 p.m.
(Please note: Free Admission to the Community Festival Lot. Events that take place inside the garden require admission or membership.)
Lan Su's Autumn Moon Community Festival lot includes more than 30 vendor booths, food carts, and a main stage with cultural performances every half hour from 3 - 9 p.m. Performance partners include: White Lotus Dragon & Lion Dance, Portland Chinese Dance Troupe, Ka Lei Hali’a O Ka Lokelani, Chinese Friendship Association of Portland, Cambodian Dance Troupe, Lee’s Association Dragon & Lion Dance Team and more!
(Please note: These events take place in the Community Festival Lot located at NW 3rd and Flanders. The Community Festival Lot is free and open to the public. Events that take place inside the garden require admission or membership.)
Asian Health & Service Center • APANO • Confucius Institute at PSU • Hakuna Murata • Henna by Carmen • Jasmine Giftshop • Karen Fullerton Art • Kasbah Moroccan Cafe • Kiri Kards • Lunarcat Studios • Money Bowl • OCOM • Oregon Artist School • Oregon Nikkei Endowment • Pidgin Hole • Plum Deluxe • Portland Chinatown Museum • QQZeal Pearl Jewelry • Red Robe Tea House & Café • Strawberry Paint Shop Face Painting • Teppanyaki Hut • The Good Moon • The International School • The Spice & Tea Exchange of Portland • The Tao of Tea • Tzu Chi Foundation
The moon’s perfectly round shape forms the ideal symbol of family harmony and unity. The tradition extends to being reunited with loved ones who are far away as you both gaze up at the moon.
The round, sweet-filled mooncake (月餅) is made with pastry decorated with designs and filled with a variety of fillings including seeds, nuts, date paste and smashed beans. Today’s mooncakes are a few inches round. At one time, imperial chefs made them as large as several feet in diameter.
Chinese storytellers have many tales about the Moon Palace and the inhabitants of the moon. One of the most endearing characters of many moon stories is a short-tailed rabbit that pounds the elixir of immortality with a mortar and pestle under a grove of cassia trees.
The most popular inhabitant of the moon stories is the goddess Chang Er. Her tale is a sad one in which she mistakenly swallowed a magic solution of immortality and rose up to inhabit the moon. Her husband, Hou Yi, is fated to govern the solar realm. They only meet when the moon is full. Visit Lan Su’s Garden Shop for more books on Chinese stories and festivals.
The moon is often a subject for poets. Bo Juyi wrote this poem more than 400 years ago:
I, a traveler, came from south of the river,
When the moon was only a crescent.
In my long, distant journeying,
I’ve seen thrice its clear light in full.
At dawn I travel with a waning moon;
When night falls, I lodge with the new moon.
Who says that the moon has no feeling?
Many of the games played have to do with flights of the soul, spirit possession, or fortune telling.
Autumn Moon Festival at Lan Su Chinese Garden is presented in part by
Herbert A. Templeton Foundation
Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust
Pull up a chair and listen to classic Chinese stories. Great for all ages.
Watch an expert calligrapher paint your name or Chinese zodiac sign.
Celebrate the Autumn Moon Festival while learning about mooncakes with the Red Robe Teahouse & Café.
Learn about Chinese calligraphy and watch a classically-trained scholar from the Wisdom Arts Academy share techniques of this ancient art.
Make a memento of your visit to Lan Su’s Autumn Moon Festival. Great for the whole family!
Learn about the guzheng, a traditional Chinese instrument with over 2000 years of history.
Enjoy a demonstration of traditional Chinese music in the garden.
Join Taiwanese artist, Amy Tsai, as she demonstrates traditional “Lingnan” style brush painting techniques on a variety of ceramic objects.
See the rest by visiting the full Event Calendar
Lan Su Chinese Garden offers infinite paths to discovery, whether you are a visitor simply taking in the beauty of the garden for the first time or a member who comes back day after day to sip tea in the teahouse. One visit just isn’t enough to take in the depth and abundance of experiences. Lan Su is ever-changing—by the minute, by the hour, and with the seasons. Learn more and plan your visit today.
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Lan Su Chinese Garden
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