Kanoa Resort will be holding the 2013 Mid-Autumn Festival tomorrow, Sept. 19, at the Susupe landmark’s lobby.
More commonly know as the Moon Cake Festival, the Chinese festival celebrates the gathering of family and friends during harvest. It is also a sort of thanksgiving for a good harvest and a prayer for good fortune.
Traditions and myths surrounding the festival are formed around these three concepts of gathering, harvest, and prayer, although traditions have changed over time due to changes in technology, science, economy, culture, and religion.
The People’s Republic of China listed the festival as an "intangible cultural heritage" in 2006, and it was made a Chinese public holiday in 2008. It is also a public holiday in Taiwan. Among the Vietnamese, it is considered the second most important holiday tradition. The day following Mid-Autumn Festival is a public holiday in Hong Kong and Macau.
Aside from Chinese delicacies, a Chinese dragon dance, and fireworks, authentic Chinese entertainment is also expected to liven up the crowd during the 2013 Mid-Autumn Festival.
Kanoa Resort resident manager Mark Ratliff said that members of the Doremi Music School, a female singer, and possibly violinists will also be performing.
Ratliff expects 100 tourists and local residents to attend the 2013 Mid-Autumn Festival, which begins 6:30pm.