By: Susan Etheridge, Coordinator
After Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival is the second most important holiday in China. Celebrated in September or October when the moon is believed to be at its fullest, Mid-Autumn Festival is also called the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival. Chinese people believe a full moon is a symbol of reunion, harmony, and happiness, and their must-eat food during the festival is a traditional Chinese pastry called a mooncake. The Mid-Autumn Festival holiday is similar to our Thanksgiving. It is a time in which Chinese people gather with their family and eat dinner together, usually in the grandparents’ home.
To help our Chinese students overcome some of their homesickness during this season, New Oasis International Education Program Coordinators plan an exciting Mid-Autumn Festival event each year. This year’s event was on September 7. With the help of a local Chinese family, a large, delicious hot pot (a Chinese cooking method in which a variety of foods are prepared at the table in a simmering pot of soup stock with spices and flavorings) was prepared, followed by mooncakes and other favorite Chinese desserts. In addition, the students played games and sang their favorite songs with the help of a local karaoke DJ. Students Sha Sha, Kris Zhou, and Laura Chen painted a beautiful Mid-Autumn photo backdrop, and photographer Lyndsae Green captured over 900 amazing photos for the students to remember the event and share with their families back home. Thirty-three NRCA international students attended, had a great time of celebration with their friends, and were very grateful for those who worked hard to make the 2019 Mid-Autumn Festival special.
Hosting a student provides a wonderful opportunity for your family to learn about another culture and to share yours with a teen in need of a supportive, loving family. If you would like information about hosting an international student, please contact Susan Etheridge at firstname.lastname@example.org Tammy Shipway at email@example.com.