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The colorful autumn celebration in Woodstock occurs each near the end of the summer season

DAVID F. ASHTON - During the first part of the traditional Moon Festival at the Woodstock Library, kids were decorating Chinese lanterns. Although the Chinese "Moon Festival" – also known as the "Mid-Autumn Festival" – traditionally falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, before autumn actually begins, and is celebrated on September 13 – for convenience in attending it was celebrated with both crafts and music on Saturday, September 14th, this year at the Woodstock Branch Library.

"We have two programs today," announced library assistant Sally Li. "The first one is a craft program, in which children are making paper lanterns. These are very common, when we celebrate the Moon Festival – these are decorated with a fish, which represents prosperity in the Chinese culture.

"Another program will be a musical performance by the Orchid Trio, which will play both classical music and Chinese music, to celebrate," Li told THE BEE.

We should report that the library also celebrated by serving slices of "Moon Cake", traditionally made with bean flour dough, and filled with a variety of ingredients – including sesame, peanuts, sunflower seeds, and raisins.

"It's an entire afternoon of celebration for the Chinese families," Li smiled. "But, we welcome everyone to come to this – so people can come and learn about the Chinese culture. That is our intention in all we do, today."


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