On September 24, 2010 the UCA Confucius Institute, the Intensive English Program, and Chinese Students and Scholars Association jointly held a celebration of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the “Moon Cake Festival.” This is a traditional harvest festival celebration that coincides with the autumnal equinox, when the moon is at its fullest.
Around 300 participants attended the celebration. They were primarily comprised of international students, students enrolled in Chinese language classes, and students of Chinese descent. Chinese faculties of UCA, some faculties from IEP and department of World Languages and other departments, and Asian families from the Conway community also attended the event. CSSA planned activities that brought the students together in engaging and very entertaining ways. Games participated by students from different cultural background kept participants and observers laughing. Special singing and musical performances, which included the traditional xiao flute and guitar, were also great crowd pleasers. The evening was rounded out with karaoke performances. Traditional Chinese moon cakes were served to all.