This past Wednesday, members of the Chinese and Taiwanese Clubs threw their amazing Moon Festival at the Fish for all Thunderbird students, faculty, and staff. It truly was a magical night to be out under the stars and moon as students came out to celebrate the famous holiday that is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar. The festival is in honor of the Moon Goddess of Immortality Chang’e. Here at Thunderbird, the clubs came together to celebrate the festival with all of us involving many different activities, games, drinks, and, of course, moon cake! Students were welcomed at the Fish to traditional and music of Chinese and Taiwanese culture as well as a ton of different games and activities to share in the festival with.
Upon first entering the Fish, one was welcomed with a mouthful of moon cake of all different traditional flavors. Drinks were plentiful either sodas or beer from the Pub. The rest of the night was filled with dancing around the stage under the lights as well as moving from activity to activity enjoying the company you were with. Students were given the opportunity to gather around the table and play charades as well as take a calligraphy lesson from the Chinese students on how to write your name. Students could also learn about a well-known game involving “fishing for bottles” as coordination became key in picking up the empty bottles with only a wire. Finally, lessons were plentiful in learning Chinese yoyo with fellow students. All in all, it was an incredible night to celebrate this legendary festival with new and old Thunderbird friends!