Memories Made at the Mid-Autumn Festival

Mandarin Club leader Kkenize Zhang ’22 advertises the club

Amid a busy start to the school year, Western Reserve Academy students enjoyed festivities on September 21st, 2021 in observance of the Mid-Autumn Festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival, or Moon Festival, is a traditional Chinese celebration that originated over three thousand years ago. During these festivals, people come together to spend time with family, enjoy food, celebrate the autumn harvest, and admire the full moon at its brightest point in the year. Lighting lanterns, eating mooncakes, and sharing stories are also common activities during this holiday.

As the second-most important Chinese holiday, following the Lunar New Year, the Mid-Autumn Festival symbolizes reunion. This festival is prominent in myths, such as the tale of the hero Hou Yi and his wife Chang’e, who became the moon goddess after drinking an immortality elixir.

Since it is such an important celebration, the community at Western Reserve Academy came together to recognize it in several ways. In the dining hall, students enjoyed East Asian foods and beverages, including milk tea, which were very popular among students and teachers alike. At the end of the day, the LUX Truck served mochi ice cream and mooncakes, a staple food of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Mooncakes are traditional Chinese pastries consisting of filling and a soft outer crust that often include ingredients like egg yolks, red bean paste, or fruit. Students chose from various flavors of mochi and four mooncake types: pineapple; pine nut, walnut, and date; mung bean paste; and egg yolk with red bean paste. These treats were a hit throughout the school, and the LUX Truck line quickly piled up down Brick Row as students rushed to grab their mooncakes and ice cream. Claire Hua ’25 said, “I really liked how they incorporated Asian and Chinese food into that day. Everything tasted amazing, and I especially enjoyed the milk tea and the mochi from the truck.”

This holiday is important at Western Reserve Academy, as the school is an all-inclusive community with students coming from over thirty-one countries. Their ability to bring traditions such as the Mid-Autumn Festival to life shows their global mindset and attention to cultural diversity. Sehar Mahesh ’25 remarked, “It was a really good integration of the different cultures present at WRA…” WRA continues to spread joy and encourages students to try to engage with the community and learn more!

Isabella Haslinger Johnson ’25

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