Moon Festival

Annual Moon Festival Event sponsored by the ISA

Jana Choe, Editor

The Moon Festival marks the end of the harvest season when the Moon is at its brightest and fullest. Celebrated across a wide range of East and Southeast Asian countries on the 15th day of the 8th month of a lunar year, the Moon Festival is also known as Chuseok, Tsukimi, Zhōngqiū Jié, Tết Trung Thu, or the Mid-Autumn Festival. 

Traditionally, the students of Asian background who celebrate the holiday would have a dinner outing and then go to the Plum Island beach to look at the moon on the nearest Sunday of the festival. This year, however, as the festival landed on September 10th, the first week of school, the outing was postponed to the following week, September 18th. 

Hosted by the International Student Alliance (led by Judy Wang ‘23 and Jana Choe ‘23), the outing allowed students to enjoy dinner at the Family Chinese restaurant. With eggs, dumplings, and mooncakes, the event brought the students back to the festive, warm atmosphere of their hometown, a reminder of their family and friends.