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Mid-Autumn Moon 2021 Activities

Mid-Autumn Moon 2021 Activities

MID AUTUMN MOON 2021 ACTIVITIES

HAPPY MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL 中秋快乐

Did you know the Mid-Autumn Festival goes back to the custom of moon worshiping during the Shang Dynasty, and has a history of over 3,000 years?

Explore the Garden during the Mid-Autumn Festival, celebrating the harvest moon, family, and togetherness. Wander through this world-renowned Ming-dynasty inspired garden, enveloped by live music and colourful lantern decorations.

Activities presented by the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society as part of the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival.

Programming will start September 21st and end September 26th, and includes mooncake tasting, tea ceremony demonstration, live music, crafts, storytelling, and moon-watching with the HR Macmillan Space Centre.

Admission by donation(minimum recommended $5): online pre-booking recommended!
Walk-ups will depend on space and availability.

SEPTEMBER 21ST ACTIVITIES

It’s Mid-Autumn Festival day!

Come to the Garden starting at 12pm and be the first to see it decorated with beautiful lanterns with different colours, shapes and sizes!

  • 12:00pm – 9:00pm: Poetry contest

In Chinese culture, the moon symbolizes family reunion, peace and prosperity. Moon poetry often talks about the simple beauty of the full moon at night; the poet’s wishes or, often, feelings of missing home or longing for loved ones who are far away. Take a card to compose your own poem as you wander around, perhaps inspired by the Garden views or the moon itself.

  • 5:00pm – 9:00pm: Traditional Arts and Craft activities for all ages

Specially curated Mid-Autumn Festival inspired crafts and activities for everyone to enjoy.

  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm: Mooncake demonstrations

More than just a delicious snack, mooncakes are a cultural tradition, symbolizing togetherness and reunion. Jessica Yue will demonstrate the traditional art of making this very special round shaped delicacy.

  • 6:00pm and 7:30pm: Traditional Chinese Tales and Legends

With an history spanning over 3,000 years, Mid-Autumn Festival, is also famous for its  traditional stories. Join Keann and Mia and listen to the tales of Chang’e 嫦娥, the Goddess of the Moon, and the Jade Rabbit 玉兔

  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm: Tea Ceremony

Take part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony instructed by Lillian Li and Adrian Sinclair, while learning more about this important cultural activity.

  • 8:00pm – 8:30pm: City Opera Live Performance

Fall under the spell of music and sound with a 30 minute opera performance.

  • 8:00pm – 9:00pm – Moon Watching  with HR Macmillan Space Centre

Explore the night sky with HR MacMillan Space Centre, a non-profit community resource that brings the wonders of space to Earth, while providing a personal sense of ongoing discovery.

Beverage Service Available from 6pm to 9pm (Big Rock Brewing)

SEPTEMBER 22ND

Come to the Garden starting at 10am and see it decorated with beautiful lanterns with different colours, shapes and sizes! Entrance by donation.

  • 10:00am – 4:00pm: Poetry contest

In Chinese culture, the moon symbolizes family reunion, peace and prosperity. Moon poetry often talks about the simple beauty of the full moon at night; the poet’s wishes or, often, feelings of missing home or longing for loved ones who are far away. Take a card to compose your own poem as you wander around, perhaps inspired by the Garden views or the moon itself.

SEPTEMBER 23RD

It’s Mid-Autumn Festival!

Come to the Garden starting at 10am and see it decorated with beautiful lanterns with different colours, shapes and sizes!

  • 10:00am – 4:00pm: Poetry contest

In Chinese culture, the moon symbolizes family reunion, peace and prosperity. Moon poetry often talks about the simple beauty of the full moon at night; the poet’s wishes or, often, feelings of missing home or longing for loved ones who are far away. Take a card to compose your own poem as you wander around, perhaps inspired by the Garden views or the moon itself.

  • 5:00pm – 9:00pm: Look Towards the Sun Public Premiere

“Look Towards the Sun” is an artistic exchange between Lam Wong, a Chinese Canadian diaspora artist from Hong Kong and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, a Cowichan and Syilx First Nations artist that reflects on the interconnectedness of people, culture, and place.

This exhibition reminds us – “to continually seek and reveal truth, to look within, to unlearn, to create connections, to reclaim, to restore, to fully know who we are as individuals and as nations…”

Look Towards the Sun is the second exhibition from the public Art Exchange Program: SOLIDARITY.

More information regarding admissions (by donation) and program coming soon!

Find our more here

Beverage Service Available from 6pm to 9pm (Big Rock Brewing)

SEPTEMBER 24TH

It’s Mid-Autumn Festival day!

Come to the Garden starting at 12pm and be the first to see it decorated with beautiful lanterns with different colours, shapes and sizes!

  • 12:00pm – 9:00pm: Poetry contest

In Chinese culture, the moon symbolizes family reunion, peace and prosperity. Moon poetry often talks about the simple beauty of the full moon at night; the poet’s wishes or, often, feelings of missing home or longing for loved ones who are far away. Take a card to compose your own poem as you wander around, perhaps inspired by the Garden views or the moon itself.

  • 5:00pm – 9:00pm: Traditional Arts and Craft activities for all ages

Specially curated Mid-Autumn Festival inspired crafts and activities for everyone to enjoy.

  • 6:00pm and 7:30pm: Traditional Chinese Tales and Legends

With an history spanning over 3,000 years, Mid-Autumn Festival, is also famous for its  traditional stories. Join Keann and Mia and listen to the tales of Chang’e 嫦娥, the Goddess of the Moon, and the Jade Rabbit 玉兔

  • 6:30pm – 8:00pm: Tea Ceremony

Take part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony instructed by Lillian Li and Adrian Sinclair, while learning more about this important cultural activity.

  • 8:00pm – 8:30pm: City Opera Live Performance

Fall under the spell of music and sound with a 30 minute opera performance.

  • 8:00pm – 9:00pm – Moon Watching  with HR Macmillan Space Centre

Explore the night sky with HR MacMillan Space Centre, a non-profit community resource that brings the wonders of space to Earth, while providing a personal sense of ongoing discovery.

Beverage Service Available from 6pm to 9pm (Big Rock Brewing)

SEPTEMBER 25TH

The Garden is closed for a private event.

We invite you to visit Chinatown and discover ways to celebrate Mid-Autumn Moon! There are multiple activities to choose from!

We suggest you to explore Fire Dragon Festival! For more information visit their website here

SEPTEMBER 26TH

It’s the Mid-Autumn Festival last day!

Come to the Garden starting at 10am for a last chance to see it decorated with beautiful lanterns with different colours, shapes and sizes!

  • 10:00am – 4:00pm: Poetry contest

In Chinese culture, the moon symbolizes family reunion, peace and prosperity. Moon poetry often talks about the simple beauty of the full moon at night; the poet’s wishes or, often, feelings of missing home or longing for loved ones who are far away. Take a card to compose your own poem as you wander around, perhaps inspired by the Garden views or the moon itself.

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