Families gathered to eat moon cakes and sing moon poems under the light of the bright, full moon during the annual celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, a traditional festival celebrated by many east and southeast Asian communities, on Saturday, Sept. 18.
This year’s festival took place at Kissena Corridor Park in Flushing, and featured several activities, including kite flying, an opening ceremony and musical performances, a mooncake eating contest, a fireworks show and a parade with elected officials along Main Street from 38th Avenue to Elder Avenue.
Fred Wu, president of the Flushing Development Center, said they’re proud to carry out the moon celebration for its 21st anniversary this year.
“After the pandemic and anti-Asian hate crimes, it is important to show our vibrant Asian cultures and traditions to the public,” Wu said. “We are very glad to see all ethnic groups standing with the Asian communities.”
The event was organized by the Flushing Development Center and MetroPlusHealth, along with various organizers and sponsors.
Queens Borough President Donovan Richards described the Mid-Autumn Festival as a “joyous annual celebration” of the arrival of the harvest season.
“With our community having gone through so much over the past 20 months, it is great to be able to spend time with family and friends during what will be a spectacular parade and festival,” Richards said. “I salute the Flushing Development Center, MetroPlusHealth and all those who are involved in organizing this celebration.”
Brilliant fireworks adorned the night sky, as community members gathered to celebrate the Harvest Moon.