Lion dance, lanterns for Mid-Autumn Fest in Coquitlam

The Coquitlam Heritage Society is expanding its Mid-Autumn Moon Family Day, with a bash on Sept. 14.

A lion dance and lantern parade will be among traditional performances at the Coquitlam Heritage Society’s expanded Mid-Autumn Moon Family Day.

The harvest ritual, which falls this year on Sept. 13, will be feted on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the All Saints Parish Hall (821 Fairfax St., Coquitlam) from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Admission is by donation.

Also known as the Moon Festival and Harvest Moon Festival, the Mid-Autumn celebration typically sees families and friends in China, Vietnam, Korea and other east Asian countries reunite and feast on mooncakes, a dense sweet pastry that’s baked or steamed.

An important part of the holiday activities is a moon worship, with offerings made to deities for the successful rice and wheat reapings.

 

 

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