Philadelphia’s Chinatown celebrates the annual Mid-Autumn Festival

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The community held its 27th annual Mid-Autumn Festival, featuring live performances, vendors and family activities.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — For the first time since the pandemic began, a celebration like no other is returning to Philadelphia’s Chinatown.

The community held its 27th annual Mid-Autumn Festival, featuring live performances, vendors and family activities.

“The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated in China and other Southeast Asian countries and it is a time to celebrate families, to be together, centered around the harvest moon, when the moon is the fullest,” said Jenny Chen, a volunteer with Asian Americans United. , who organized the festival.

The festival had been virtual in 2020 and reduced last year for security reasons.

“A lot of people were expressing that they were homesick for not being with their families, for not being able to celebrate this holiday, so we took action,” said Alice Vuong, chair of the Asian Americans board of directors. United.

Organizers say it was vital for the community to bring the festival back to full scale.

“People were really absent. They were saying they were hanging out with their grandma, grandpa, dad here to watch shows and hang out with them,” Vuong said.

“It’s really exciting for us to be back on the streets in Chinatown like we were in 2019,” Chen said.

Part of this year’s festival also encouraged political activism with a voting booth where volunteers register voters and teach them about the issues.

“Really to celebrate, to paint Chinatown as our space, as our community, and to really show how important immigrant communities and neighborhoods are,” Vuong said.

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