On Saturday, April 10th, the Asian Culture Club (ACC) hosted their annual Cherry Blossom Festival. This occasion was to both honor aspects of Asian culture (especially Japanese traditions and cuisine) and introduce the new ACC leadership team.
Fumika making Japanese green tea
The origami station
I was ten minutes late, but there were already long lines of students queuing for bubble tea, sushi and matcha green tea in front of the stage at the Roost. Around me, people gathered around origami stations or the photo booths to try out different national costumes.
I used to think that only Chinese people celebrated the Lunar New year. However, after I came to Denison, my friends from Asian countries like South Korea, Japan, Vietnam also celebrate this festival. So let’s call it Lunar New Year! Did you know that the Lunar New Year is popularly known as the Spring Festival for Chinese people? This is due to the fact that it starts at the beginning of spring. It’s origin is too old to be traced. There are several theories about the origins of this celebration.
Slayter 4th floor, Shepardson College Room
What is the Ghost Festival?
The Ghost Festival is celebrated in many Asian countries in honor of their deceased ancestors.
In China, the Ghost Festival is known as the Zhongyuan (中原) Festival. On this day, the deceased are believed to visit the living. People will prepare ritualistic food offerings, burn incense, and burn joss paper (which is clothes), gold and other goods made out of paper. Meals would be served with empty seats for each of the deceased in the family treating the deceased as if they are still living.
Saturday, September 21st may have just been like any other day to you, but for a lot of the Asian students on campus it was a day that they would have normally spent at home with their families.
In some East Asian countries, especially in China and Korea, every 15th day of the 8th month in the lunar calendar is the Moon Festival. On this night the moon is supposed to be the fullest of the year. There is a tradition called “moon gazing” which is when family members go home to make traditional foods, such as dumplings, and gaze at the beautiful full moon together.
This Saturday September 21st, 2013 the Asian Culture Club will be hosting the annual Moon Festival (also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival) on the 3rd floor of Slayter. The Moon Festival traditionally celebrates the harvest during the autumn full moon in many Asian countries.
This is event is open to any and all members of the Denison and Granville community. There will be moon cakes, bubble tea, lantern painting and performers.
Check out the pictures from last years moon festival taken by Hung Tran.