The Asian Mid-Autumn Festival is a celebration of a successful harvest throughout much of Eastern Asia and is enjoyed by bringing together families and friends. It goes by many names including Tet Trung Thu, Tsukimi and Chuseok.
Traditions vary, but often include celebrating the harvest of rice and wheat by eating special desserts like mooncakes, sharing stories, and hanging lanterns. The moon is an important part of the holiday, and it's common for celebrations to take place at night to provide an opportunity to enjoy it. The rabbit is a popular symbol of the festival based on Chinese mythology.
Celebrate Asian Mid-Autumn Festival 2020!
Typically, we invite the entire Case Western Reserve University campus community and the public to celebrate Asian Mid-Autumn Festival with us by hosting an event with authentic food from various countries in Asia, as well as activities and traditions associated with the festival. However, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and required safety measures, we have revised our plans for 2020 and instead, will be hosting a celebration giveaway for Case Western Reserve students.
Asian Mid-Autumn Festival Giveaway for Students
On Thursday, October 1, Center for International Affairs staff will be handing out Asian Mid-Autumn Festival giveaway items which include free mooncakes and CWRU rabbit stress balls.
The giveaway will take place outside Tomlinson Hall from 10 am to 3 pm or as long as supplies last. Masks and social distancing measures will be required during pickup (for example, standing 6 feet apart from anyone else picking up items).
For more information about how the holiday is celebrated around the world, check out the Kelvin Smith Library's Asian Mid-Autumn Festival Resource Guide or our collection of videos below.
Explore Asian Mid-Autumn Festival Traditions & Celebrations
While we are unable to gather to celebrate Asian Mid-Autumn Festival as a campus community, we want to provide you the opportunity to experience the holiday on your own through participating in traditions and exploring how the festival is celebrated in various countries!
We have compiled these videos to help you make the most of Asian Mid-Autumn Festival this year, no matter where you will be celebrating!