A Celebration of Fall: Asian Mid-Autumn Festival at CSU

The Student Center Atrium was filled with lively music, food, and activities during the Asian Mid-Autumn Festival on Friday, September 9. 

The Mid-Autumn Festival celebrates the coming of fall while encouraging healthy lifestyles. All students were invited to attend the festival in celebration with a variety of activities; which included making lanterns, decorating candles, and coloring pages of Anime designs and kimonos. Attendees were invited to learn about Asian culture by immersing themselves in it. 

More traditional aspects of the Mid-Autumn Festival were also represented. During the Mid-Autumn festival, ancient cultures thanked the moon for their harvest and invited another bountiful harvest for the following year. During the campus celebration, mooncakes (a traditional food representing the moon) were served to highlight the festival’s focus on the moon. Fruit salad was also served, promoting the healthy lifestyle aspect of the event.

Members of the Campus Activities Board served food at the festival. Photo by Schoder

Event organizer and Campus Activities Board (CAB) Diversity Chair, Ramandeep Arora, was pleased with how the event turned out. 

Check-in table for the event. Photo by Schoder

From India herself, Ramandeep planned the event specifically to celebrate eastern country traditions and provide an environment for diverse students to gather and celebrate their culture on campus. CAB collaborated with the Chinese Student Association to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Some students decided to attend the event as they walked past the packed Student Center Atrium on Friday. Others planned to attend the event in advance because they were excited to share and celebrate their culture on campus. Either way, it’s safe to say the event was a success- volunteers for the event needed to print more tickets for the raffle within the first 20 minutes. 

Students turn in raffle tickets at the festival. Photo by Schoder

Prizes for the raffle included candles and a small snack tray. Smiles, laughter, and good food filled the tables at the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Students gather around tables at the festival. Photo by Schoder

If you missed this event, fear not. In the coming weeks, the Campus Activities Board has more activities planned to celebrate diversity on the Cleveland State University Campus. On September 29, Dandiya Night in the Student Center Ballroom will celebrate Indian culture and the festival of Navrati with dancing and traditional food. During CAB’s Halloweek celebration, the Spook Around the World Gala will have music, food, and crafts to represent the different meanings and cultural perspectives on the spirit of Halloween around the world.