On Friday, September 29th, the Mid-Autumn Festival--also referred to as the Full Moon Festival—was celebrated across much of Asia. It has profound cultural significance and is one of the most important holidays, apart from Lunar New Year. At last week’s Thursday School Meeting Mandarin student Kendra '27, along with international students Dazheng “Gyro” '25, Minghao “Alex” '25, Thanh '24, Chiahua “Warren” '26 presented to the community on the history and traditions of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
To further honor this occasion, we also held a Mid-Autumn Festival Full Moon Hotpot feast. All students and faculty members who were interested in learning more were welcome!
The students showed great teamwork, resulting in a wonderful celebration. At the heart of this event was the Hot Pot, often referred to as Chinese fondue and counted among the most popular festive meals in China. The Omnivore’s Cookbook describes it well:
A big pot containing boiling hot broth is set in the center of the table with a heating element underneath. Various raw ingredients are served on plates around the pot, such as thinly sliced meat, seafood, vegetables, tofu, dumplings, and noodles. The guests cook the ingredients in the broth and eat them with a dipping sauce.
The students did a great job performing the various responsibilities, including preparing the Hot Pot ingredients, making dumplings, setting the table, decorating, and cleaning up.
The students and guests had fun and at the same time learned much about diverse culinary traditions and the festival's cultural aspects. Furthermore, the shared experience of preparing and dining together felt like family and left us all with some great memories.