All the Photos from the Inaugural Cincinnati Moon Festival at Fountain Square

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The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month on the Chinese lunar calendar, and always on a full moon.

During this time, it’s believed that the moon is at its brightest and roundest. Its origins can be traced back to ancient China, when they would give thanks to the moon for that year’s harvest by offering a sacrifice.

Yesterday, (Sept. 29) the traditional Chinese festival came to Cincy for the first time ever. Presented by Vibe Cincinnati, it was a way for the Chinese community to showcase their cultural heritage and share it with the larger community.

Guests enjoyed a glowing lantern display, performances, a movie screening, vendors and mooncakes (a pastry filled with red bean or lotus seed paste).

September 29, 2018 | Photos by Emerson Swoger