Date: Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021; 9:45 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Location: St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden, Phalen Regional Park
1600 Phalen Dr. E, Saint Paul
The Moon Festival, also known as Mid-Autumn Festival, is the second most important festival in China. Chinese travel for days to get back to their home villages for family reunions, lugging baskets of gifts (usually fruit and mooncakes!).
This year, the official date of the Moon Festival is Tuesday, Sept. 21.
In Saint Paul, the Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society will be celebrating it a tad early, on Saturday, Sept.18. It will mark the next phase of the expansion of the China Friendship Garden, Liu Ming Yuan, with the Phase II Site Dedication Ceremony. Phase II will include a Moongate Entrance, Arched Chinese Bridge, a Hmong Plaza, and extensive landscaping.
At 9:45 a.m., Dakota drummers (the original stewards of this parkland) will welcome everyone to the China Garden site. At 10 a.m., there will be a formal ceremony to dedicate the site of the future Hmong Plaza, one of the major features of Phase II, with a feng shui blessing, performers, and speeches. At 11:30 a.m., the Phase II garden expansion Community Engagement Process will be launched. During lunch, there will be a guzheng performance and the community can provide feedback on Phase II.
From 12:50-1:45 p.m., there will be a Nine Art Stones Unveiling Ceremony. The nine stones represent the Chinese, Hmong, and Dakota voices in the garden, and include five stones featuring the calligraphy of MCFGS co-founder C.C. Hsiao, and of MCFGS advisor Weiming Lu.
From 2:35-3:40 p.m., the “New Voices of the Garden Poetry Contest” will introduce the eight award winners who will read their poems in English, Chinese, Hmong, and Dakota. Deadline to submit poems is Sept. 15. Details at , or 763-913-4382.
The Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society planned the all-day event so the community can learn how to be part of the garden community, hear about expansion plans, provide feedback, and learn of volunteer opportunities. State Senator Foung Hawj will be in attendance. Bring a picnic lunch, and join in the fun.
From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Association of Sino-American Neocultural Exchange will host the “Twin Cities Harvest Moon – China Garden Abiding Love” Celebration. Attendees are encouraged to wear traditional ethnic clothing. $5 registration fee can be applied toward event photos. Activities will include:
· Traditional Chinese costume (qipao) displays.
· Mooncake tasting - Shanghai Market will provide a variety of the pastries for sale on site.
· Songs and music performances by Qian Xu Yin, Ye Yu and his students, Jiaxiang Li and his students, Zheng Weimin, Huang Ningsheng, Jake Johnson.
· Model catwalk demonstration -- Ying Li, president of Qipao Association of MN, will demonstrate gait and posture of models and essential photo poses.
· Xiangjiang Pavilion photo time by Minnesota Photography Salon photographers (online photos $10 each). See flyer to register by Sept. 15. Net proceeds from the photo orders will go to the Phase II construction of the Garden.
Event information at https://mnchinagarden.org