Thousands attend Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

INCLUDES EXPANSIVE VIDEO | If you missed attending this, the largest celebration of its kind in the greater metropolitan area, check out this outer East Portland celebration …

In the parking lot of the Shun Fat Supermarket in the Emmert International Marketplace, across the street from the Lents neighborhood, the White Lotus Foundation Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is underway.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

For years, small-yet-delightful Mid-Autumn Moon Festival celebrations have been held in our area, typically in the Woodstock or at the Holgate Branch Library.

However, on September 30, the White Lotus Foundation put on their second annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival in the block-long parking lot of the Emmert International Marketplace – the former location of the Foster Road Fred Meyer superstore.

Standing at top left is White Lotus Foundation Executive Director Nhan Danh – who, with his team, put on the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.

“The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is a significant cultural event, celebrated by many Asian communities around the world; falling on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, when the moon is believed to be its fullest and brightest,” explained White Lotus Foundation Executive Director Nhan Danh.

Watching this video will give you an idea of the scope and magnitude of this great community event:

“This time celebrates a good harvest – so there’s lot of good food and sweets to enjoy,” Danh told East Portland News. “It’s also a time when families come together and celebrate the full moon, which also represents ‘togetherness’ in many of our cultures,” he pointed out.

These are some of the 65 vendors at the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.

At the festival there wasn’t much moon gazing taking place. This was because the more than 3,000 attendees were focused on browsing the 65 vendors or exhibitors, and enjoying the performances showcasing traditional music and dance.

The aroma of freshly-cooked delicacies filled the air, attracting long lines of hungry customers.

This chef, from YooniQue Pho & Grill, prepares another plate of traditional food.

At the White Lotus Foundation booth, Tam Danh sells homemade mooncakes, a fundraiser for their organization.

“The most important thing about this event is that it brings a lot of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) business owners together in one place at one time – every single one of them is from our AAPI community,” pointed out Danh. “We’re so grateful to Emmert International Marketplace for giving us this space; it’s exactly what we need to host a celebration like this!”

Into the night the celebration continues.

Learn more about the White Lotus Foundation by visiting their website: CLICK HERE.

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