This year, the Chinese and American Friendship Association of Maine (CAFAM) teamed up with the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine to present a Virtual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. As we celebrate this important cultural holiday centered around the moon, we hope you and your family enjoy the stories, music, crafts and a special guest chef making mooncakes!
Stories & Poetry
Netflix Movie: Over the Moon (2020)
“Fueled with determination and a passion for science, a bright young girl builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of a legendary Moon Goddess. There she ends up on an unexpected quest, and discovers a whimsical land of fantastical creatures.”
Thoughts in the Silent Night 静夜思
By Li Bai (李白) (701–762 A.D. during the Tang Dynasty) Li Bai used four lines of five characters to express his homesickness at the Moon (Mid-Autumn) Festival.
床 前 明 月 光 Chuáng qián míng yuèguāng
Moonlight shining through the window
疑 是 地 上 霜 Yí shì dìshàng shuāng
Makes me wonder if there is frost on the ground
举 头 望 明 月 Jǔ tóu wàng míngyuè
Looking up to see the moon
低 头 思 故 乡 Dī tóu sī gùxiāng
Looking down I miss my hometown
For more poetry and traditional songs….
Cooking with Chris Toy – Mooncakes
Arts & Crafts
Paper Lanterns with Lucky Bamboo Crafts
Send your loved ones a postcard to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival!
The full moon is a symbol for a family reunion. Many famous ancient poets wrote poems about the moon and expressed their homesickness. Even if a family member is far away, they are appreciating the same moon with other families, as if together.
Click each image to enlarge in order to print. Make sure to use card stock if sending as a postcard via USPS.