Mid-Autumn Festival on the Green Thursday 5 p.m.

On Thursday, Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC) in conjunction with the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life will present a Mid-Autumn Festival on the Green at 5 p.m.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is an annual harvest festival celebrated in many Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Korea and Japan, said Tam Pham, APAC president. “Families gather, the kids play games, and there is a lot of special food and treats.”

In many Asian celebrations, people send flying lanterns aloft. “It’s sent to the heavens in hopes of a good harvest,” Tam said. We won’t be doing that at Stetson, but electrical lights will symbolize the hope expressed in the cultural event and the goodness coming to the darkness.

Food will be provided, as well as a short presentation to inform participants about the history and meaning of the festival. Chaplains and others from the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life will be on hand to bless the event.

There will be lots of fun activities, Tam added, including traditional games. And there will be Moon Cakes, a sweet filled pastry served at special events in countries like China and Vietnam.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is Thursday, Nov. 14, beginning at 5 p.m. on the Stetson Green.