Chinese Moon Festival - Year of The Dragon
2012 - Poster
Moon Festival 2012
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Free Admission and Parking
368 Educational Park Dr.
San José, CA
In the Chinese
This is a tobacco/alcohol-free event
Overfelt Gardens is a garden sanctuary
for plant, wildlife and the quiet contemplation and enjoyment of nature in the
urban setting. It is a place where all ages can experience the unending lessons
of diversity and nature, and where shared visions are renewed through the appreciation,
celebration and enrichment of community life. We dedicate this year's event to
the happiness and creativity of children of all ages and cultures.
Legend of the Moon Maiden.
One of the stories
told to children during Moon Festival is of the fairy living in a crystal
palace. She comes out to dance on the shadowed surface of the moon.
Legend says the "lady living in the moon" dates back to ancient times
when ten suns appeared in the sky. The Emperor ordered a famous but
mean archer to shoot down the nine extra suns. Once the task was accomplished,
Goddess of Western Heaven rewarded the archer with a pill of immortality.
But his wife, wishing to save people from his bad disposition, took
the pill herself. She has been banished to the moon ever since. They
say her beauty is greatest on the day of the Moon Festival.
The date of our Moon Festival was about a week after the real
Moon Festival date. But because our student leaders need time to organize 200
school volunteers, it has become our tradition to select the third Sunday of every
September to be this community's Chinese Moon Festival. We wish to acknowledge
these young people for their spirit, hard work and dedication. Our event would
not be as fun and wonderful without them, and we hope they come to fill their
lives with the same joyfulness they present here today.
The Moon Festival
is celebrated by billions of people. They celebrate it with dances, feasting and
moon gazing. Delicious moon cakes are a traditional enjoyment. But on this day,
we offer you the pleasure of sharing arts, crafts and creative activities in a
Chinese garden setting. Culture is fun! Without art, music, poetry or dance -
what would imagination do? We hope you enjoy what we've had fun planning for you.
Have a Great Time!!!!!
We would like to thank the City of San Jose,
Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services for their support, and
express our appreciation to Ranger Valeri Heyberger. We would also like to acknowledge
the infinite patience and encouragement of Pauline Lowe, one of the original founders
of the Chinese Cultural Garden. We would especially like to express our gratitude
to the years of support by Arts Council Silicon Valley, and the generosity of
Resources for Families and Communities in Santa Clara County.