" The Moving Moon Went Up The Sky
And Nowhere Did Abide
Softly She Was Going Up
And A Star Or Two Beside "
Manchester Moon Festival
2019
Come And Enjoy This Wonderful Festival
About This Event

The event will be held for two days during 14th and 15th of September in Manchester Chinatown. The location we have chosen for this event will be in NCP car park situated in the centre of Chinatown .

  • Free Entry
  • Food & Drink
  • Festive Market
  • Workshop

This event will bring together the cultural and atmosphere of the Moon Festival which is a National celebration in China. During the 2 day celebrations, participants will be able to emerse themselves in the colourful displays of lanterns and a variety of foods related to this event.

We will also be hosting moon cake making activities along with many other activities to bring this occasion alive right in the heart of Manchester.

We hope to welcome you to this event and let us give you a glimpse of this Festivity.

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Event Details:
Date:
14/09/2019 - 15/09/2019
Time:
12:00 p.m. - 20:00 p.m.
A Traditional Chinese Festival
What Is Moon Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival celebrated notably by the Chinese People.

The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with full moon at night, corresponding to late September to early October of the Gregorian calendar with a full moon at night.


The festival celebrates three fundamental concepts that are closely connected:

  • Gathering, such as family and friends coming together, or harvesting crops for the festival. It's said the moon is the brightest and roundest on this day which means family reunion. Consequently, this is the main reason why the festival is thought to be important.
  • Thanksgiving, to give thanks for the harvest, or for harmonious unions
  • Praying (asking for conceptual or material satisfaction), such as for babies, a spouse, beauty, longevity, or for a good future

Traditions and myths surrounding the festival are formed around these concepts, although traditions have changed over time due to changes in technology, science, economy, culture, and religion.It's about well being together.

Manchester Moon Festival 2019
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