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Autumn Moon Festival 

When: Sat., Aug. 30, 1 p.m. 2014
Price: Free
In China, the moon is yīn, a vessel for human emotion, and home to the goddess Chang’e and her furry companion Jade Rabbit. During the Autumn Moon Festival, family members travel great distances to be together to share picnics of mooncakes under the night sky; children sing moon poems dating from the Tang Dynasty, which they still learn in school; and lovers slip away to whisper wishes to the propitious night. This holiday, second only to New Year in Chinese tradition, can be very intimate, serene, and reflective — which might be a surprise, given the brilliant eruption of bright lights and music that will fill Chinatown next weekend (Sept. 6-7), with parades snaking down Grant Avenue amid open-air vendors and throngs of thousands. For those wanting to ease into the season, Sino-US Cultural Artists Alliance has hand-selected local artists to present Chinese music, dance, and martial arts in a slightly less boisterous setting — a perfect gathering for inspiration and family mooncake recipes.
— Silke Tudor


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