The City of Irvine, in partnership with South Coast Chinese Cultural Center, hosted a Mid-Autumn Festival at Great Park September 9.
This family-friendly festival included education, entertainment, crafts, poetry reading, food trucks, and artistic demonstrations. Local community partners were in attendance to support the event and share organizational information and resources.
The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, is a traditional festival celebrated by many East and Southeast Asian communities. It is the second-most important holiday after Lunar New Year and dates back over 3,000 years, when the Emperor of China worshipped the moon for bountiful harvests.
The festival is traditionally held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunisolar calendar, during a full moon that coincides with harvest time in the middle of autumn.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Irvine
The City of Irvine is committed to honoring traditional and culturally-relevant events that highlight the City’s diverse and multicultural community. Each month the City highlights cultural celebrations and religious holidays through its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion spotlight. For more information about these remembrances and to learn about the City’s We Are Irvine campaign, please visit weareirvine.org.