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UW-Eau Claire to Host Joint
Harvest Moon Celebration

RELEASED: Sept. 4, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — A Harvest Moon Celebration focusing on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot and the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The harvest moon has been celebrated in many cultures through ceremonies and festivals. The full moon nearest to the autumnal equinox, it rises soon after sunset and appears to be bigger and brighter than other moons throughout the year.

Speakers will explain the cultural and religious significances of Sukkot and the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, which are important holidays in the Jewish and Chinese calendars. Members of both cultures who grew up in different countries will talk about how the holiday is celebrated in their homelands and what it means to them to celebrate it. A sukkah, the traditional temporary shelter built for the holiday of Sukkot, will be erected in the Council Fire Room, and a blessing will be said on the lulav (palm branch, willow and myrtle) and etrog (a citrus fruit). Mooncakes, the traditional rich dessert eaten during the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, will be available for tasting. Folk songs and dances from both cultures also will be taught. The celebration will conclude with participants walking to the footbridge over the Chippewa River to view the Harvest Moon.

Admission is free and all ages are invited. There will be a special craft area where children will be able to make a Chinese paper lantern and paper decorations to hang in the sukkah.

The event is sponsored by the University Activities Commission, UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education, Temple Sholom, the Jewish Student Association and the Chinese Students Association.

For more information, contact Shu-Chuan Cheng, Chinese programs coordinator, Center for International Education, 715-836-4411, or Helaine Minkus, associate professor of anthropology, 715-836-5481.

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