Moon Festival: Embrace the Sound and Taste of Home

September 21, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Asian Heritage Month Festival and the Toronto Public Library

Moon Festival: Embrace the Sound and Taste of Home
Asian Heritage Month Event at Toronto Public Library
Tuesday, 21 September 2021 | 19:00 EDT

Presenters: Professor Chef Leo Chan and Councillor Sandra Yeung Racco

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Professor Chef Leo Chan will be in conversation with Councillor Sandra Yeung Racco. The talk is organized by The Asian Heritage Month Festival and the Toronto Public Library.

Holidays and festivals are great events in the lives of people from every culture, beginning right from their childhood. Elements common to most traditional Chinese festivals are the desire for happiness and well-being, the protection of loved ones from misfortunes, the experience of oneness between humans and heaven, and most importantly, family reunion, the opportunity for rest and merriment.

According to the lunar calendar, in the fall, it is usually clear and cool, and there are seldom wandering clouds in the sky. The moon is particularly bright at night. The full moon is a symbol of reunion. The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is also called the Reunion Festival. It is closest to the North American Thanksgiving Day, and the concept of harvest after a long summer of hard work in the field.

There have been a lot of fascinations about the moon. Countless poets, writers, musicians and artists have inspired numerous songs, stories and operas to celebrate this happy festival. The moon cakes and other traditional food as round as the full moon, symbolize the completeness and togetherness of the family. Bright and round lanterns are hung from ceiling and balconies.

Leo and Sandra will share the stories, joy and traditions of the Moon Festival with the zoom audience. The talk embraces the sound and taste of home through this celebration.

Asian Heritage Month Festival is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Asian Canadian Artists in Digital Age is funded by Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund. It is co-presented by many organizations, including YCAR.

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