Philadelphia’s Chinatown celebrates annual Mid Autumn Festival

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

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — For the first time since the pandemic began, a celebration unlike any other is returning to Philadelphia’s Chinatown.

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

“Celebrated in China and other Southeast Asian countries, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a time to celebrate families, be together and revolve around the harvest moon when the moon is at its fullest,” said Jenny Chen, a volunteer with Asian Americans United. who organized the party.

The festival was virtual in 2020 and shut down last year for security reasons.

“A lot of people expressed that they were homesick because they weren’t with their families and couldn’t celebrate this holiday, so we took action,” said Alice Vuong, CEO of Asian Americans United.

Organizers say getting the festival back to full scale has been crucial for the community.

“People really missed something. They said they spent time here with their grandma, grandpa and father to watch performances and spend time with them,” Vuong said.

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

Part of this year’s festival also promoted political activism with a get-out-the-vote booth, where volunteers register voters and educate them on the issues.

“Really celebrating, painting Chinatown as our place, as our community, and really showing how important immigrant communities and neighborhoods are,” Vuong said.

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