Join us for the 2018 Mid-Autumn Festival and CI Day Celebration!
Events will include Kungfu and Chinese instrument performances presented by Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine students and faculty, as well as performances from the Augusta University Jazz Ensemble and a local Chinese school. Four kinds of traditional moon cakes will be provided for tasting after the show.
Mid-Autum Festival and Confucius Institute Day
Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: JSAC Ballroom
The Confucius Institute hosts a celebration in late September or early October each
year celebrating the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and Confucius Institute Day. The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar
calendar, is a harvest festival traditionally celebrated with family and friends. Confucius Institute Day commemorates the anniversary of Confucius Institutes all over
the world and the birthday of Confucius, the ancient scholar whose philosophy is widely
considered the foundation of Chinese culture even to this day.
Photo credit: David Russell Photography
Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, is China's most important holiday. It celebrates the turn of the traditional lunisolar calendar, which usually falls in January or February on the 12-month calendar. The festival is celebrated for about 16 days - starting on New Year's Eve and ending on the 15th day of the new year with the Lantern Festival. It's a time for reuniting with family and friends. Celebrations include firecrackers, decorations, food and giving "lucky money" to children.
The Confucius Institute celebrates with various events on and off campus, including special events for students, community luncheons and a special Noon Arts concert featuring Chinese performances.
The Confucius Institute participates in the Annual Dragon Boat Festival hosted each spring by Goodwill. Students and community members who want to race on the CI team sign up to compete. The festival, held at Lake Olmstead in Augusta, also features food and performances from local Asian organizations. Each year, the CI sets up a tent with activities during the festival.