2016 Mid-Autumn Festival @ Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden | Lion Dance, Mooncakes, Stories & More!

From our sponsors:
lan-su-chinese-garden-002Mid-Autumn Festival at Lan Su Chinese Garden
September 15-18, 2016
All Ages | Adults $9.50, Seniors $8.50, Students $7, Family Packages Available
More info: lansugarden.org/midautumn

Lan Su Chinese Garden
239 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209

Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, one of the four most important holidays on the Chinese calendar, at Lan Su Chinese Garden this September 15 – 18. Lan Su hosts four days full of festivities, including lion dances, cultural performances, craft activities, mooncakes and much more—great for all ages!

Enjoy these traditional ways to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival at Lan Su:

Take in a Lion Dance
See the lion dancers up close as they move throughout the garden to the beat of the loud drum song to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival! Lion Dancing began in China more than 2,000 years ago and is performed to ward off evil and bring good fortune. The Dancing Lion is accompanied by a drum, a gong, and cymbals. Lion dances will be performed by the NW Dragon & Lion Dance Association (nwliondance.org) on Saturday, September 17 &Sunday, September, 18 at 1 p.m., and Portland Lee’s Association Dragon & Lion Dance Team (leeondong.org) on Saturday, September 17 & Sunday, September 18 at 4 p.m.

Eat Mooncakes
The round, sweet-filled mooncake (月餅) is made with pastry decorated with designs and filled with a variety of fillings including seeds, nuts, date paste and smashed beans. Today’s mooncakes are a few inches round. At one time, imperial chefs made them as large as several feet in diameter. Mooncakes from the Red Robe Teahouse & Café (redrobeteahouse.com) will be available for sale so that you can bring home this special treat for friends and family. Thursday & Friday, September 15 & 16, 2 – 4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tell Stories
Chinese storytellers have many tales about the Moon Palace and the inhabitants of the moon. One of the most endearing characters of many moon stories is a short-tailed rabbit that pounds the elixir of immortality with a mortar and pestle under a grove of cassia trees. Chinese Story Time is for all ages; families with children between the age of four and ten years will especially love this activity. Thursday – Sunday, September 15 – 18, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

View a full schedule of events visit www.lansugarden.org/midautumn.

Mid-Autumn Festival at Lan Su Chinese Garden is presented in part by the Collins Foundation, Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, Jackson Foundation, Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust, US Bank Foundation, Walter Clay Hill & Family Foundation and Zanthus.

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