The Huntington Library Autumn Moon Festival

Visiting The Huntington Library Is Always a Treat

9/27/2016 Visit To Celebrate The Autumn Moon

We were pleasantly surprised by the temperature as it was in the 90's in Seal Beach. It was a pleasant 87 when we arrived. The sun was setting and we had expectations of a great evening.

Did You Know? - The Mid-Autumn Festival (traditional Chinese: 中秋節; simplified Chinese: 中秋节; Vietnamese: tết Trung Thu) is a harvest festival celebrated by ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese people.

The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with full moon at night, corresponding to late September to early October of the Gregorian calendar with full moon at night.

Mainland China listed the festival as an "intangible cultural heritage" in 2006 and a public holiday in 2008.

It is also a public holiday in Taiwan, and in Hong Kong. In the Vietnamese culture, it is considered the second-most important holiday tradition after Tet.

 

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
The sun was setting

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
There were lanterns everywhere!

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
The food tables were located around the entrance to what was once a carriage house

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
Sue waited as Paul hit the food trail on the look for something vegetarian

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
Each of the many food tables had flower arrangements

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016

Did You Know? - The festival celebrates three fundamental concepts which are closely tied to one another:

Gathering, such as family and friends coming together, or harvesting crops for the festival. It's said the moon is the brightest and roundest on this day which means family reunion.

Thanksgiving
, to give thanks for the harvest, or for harmonious unions

Praying
(asking for conceptual or material satisfaction), such as for babies, a spouse, beauty, longevity, or for a good future

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
We walked into the Chinese garden after filling up on food and free drinks!

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
The lighting made the lake area magical

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
It was hard to tell what was real and that was a reflection

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
We walked around the entire lake

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
It was quite peaceful even when loaded with people

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
We stopped for another drink and some additional appetizers

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
The walk was beautiful

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
We called it "The Balloon Moon"

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
Sue chatted with a lady from Thailand while
Paul and her husband exchanged stories

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
Quite photogenic

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
Under the waterfall we go

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
We posed at the blue waterfall

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
The lighting was a challenge

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
Walking through the garden had to include the patios

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
Music was everywhere!

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
One last look at the open air theater

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
The lanterns we hung high in the trees

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
The Panda's waved us bye bye and wished us a safe trip home

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
Walking back to the front gate

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016
It was a beautiful ride home

Autumn Moon celebration at the Huntington 9/27/2016


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