August 18, 2008
Bright Phases, Smiling Faces
By Ira Kantor
Boston's Chinese community came together under the Chinatown Gateway arch yesterday to celebrate an important date of the lunar calendar, the Harvest Moon Festival.Also known as the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, the event celebrates a 14th-century Chinese uprising against the Mongolians, when plans for the revolt were smuggled into Chinese households inside small cakes. These are now commonly known as moon cakes and are eaten as part of the festivities.
Among those who gathered to participate in the Harvest Moon Festival were dancers from the Boston Chinese Folk and Classical Dance Troupe, and martial artists from the Calvin Chin Martial Arts Academy.
CAPTION: HAPPY HARVEST: Young dancers from the Boston Chinese Folk and Classic Dance Troupe enjoy a performance as they wait to take the stage at the Harvest Moon Festival yesterday in Chinatown. Drew Chin, right, of the Calvin Chin Martial Arts Academy, also performed as part of the festivities. STAFF PHOTO BY ANGELA ROWLINGS
Originally published by By Ira Kantor.
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