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SSFS Celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival

On Saturday, September 10, 2022, SSFS's Residential Life program, Office of Institutional Equity, Justice, and Belonging, and SSFS’s international students held the Mid-Autumn Festival dinner celebration on the lawn in front of Westview. 

Mid-Autumn Festival—or Zhongqiu Jie (中秋节) in Chinese—is also called the Moon Festival or the Mooncake Festival. It is celebrated by many Asian countries, such as China, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines. People mainly celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival as a time for family reunions. It is said the moon on this day is the brightest and roundest, which has come to mean a family reunion. Because of the central theme of family reunion, sometimes the festival evokes comparisons to Thanksgiving in the United States.

Dorm residents, particularly Asian international students, were thrilled by the return to a community celebration. Prior to the outbreak of Covid in 2020, international students had planned and executed the festival each year, inviting day students and the larger community to join. With restrictions easing, the community welcomed the opportunity to gather again in fellowship and celebration: the Mid-Autumn Festival was the first time the dorm was open for the entire community to celebrate a holiday. 

The Head of the Upper School, Rebecca Missionis, wrote a warm letter to wish our international parents a happy Mid-Autumn Festival. Parents of international students expressed their gratitude to the Community for hosting and celebrating the holiday. Parents, in particular, expressed that they miss their children very much, and feel touched to see their children in America celebrate their holiday and share their traditions with those in the SSFS community. 

See photos from the event, and from Jasmine Wang's Asian Studies class, where they made mooncakes in celebration of the festival.

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