The Cincinnati Moon Festival to celebrate Asian cuisine and culture in Fountain Square on Saturday

The Cincinnati Moon Festival is organized by the Chinese Cultural Exchange Association of Greater Cincinnati (GCCCEA) and the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau.Photo: RP GameDay

The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Cultural Exchange Association (GCCCEA) is hosting the 2021 Cincinnati Moon Festival at Fountain Square on Saturday.

The festival features cultural exhibits, DIY souvenirs, food tastings, performances, a lantern exhibit and more, by a Facebook publication of the association.

Performances begin at 4 p.m. and include a Chinese folk music ensemble, individual and group dances, and multiple violin solos.

According to an Asianati article, the Moon Festival, or Mid-Autumn Festival, takes place on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month of the year (which was September 21 this year). The holiday honors the fall harvest and is a time to celebrate the moon, especially the full moon, and get together with friends and family.

In Chinese tradition, Asianati says people celebrate by offering moon cakes, a sweet and dense pastry originally made with lotus filling and egg yolk. They say it symbolizes harmony, happiness, togetherness.

Many other Asian countries also celebrate the festival.

3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 2. Free entry. Fountain Square is located at 520 Vine St., Downtown. More information on the event’s Facebook page.

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