Over 50 members and guests of the Alabama Branch celebrated the Autumn Moon Festival with moon cakes, a Pei Pa performance, Chinese dancers, and stories about traditions of the festival, at a pot luck dinner held on Sunday, Sept 18, 2011 at the Montgomery Center of TTCS-USA.
Member Amy Carr served moon cakes and explained how she made them with special molds and various recipes (a non-traditional chocolate version was popular). Next year she promises to teach other members the techniques for making moon cakes. Guests at the dinner were entertained with stories about the origins of the festival and how it is celebrated. Back by popular demand, our member Lilly Dowling and two of her friends from the Central Alabama Association of Chinese performed a traditional Chinese dance. Everyone was thrilled to hear Xinrou Wang, a university student from northern China, play the Pei Pa, which she has studied since age 6. After their performances, the dancers and Xinrou answered questions about the origins of their arts.
This evening of sharing food, traditions and stories added a new dimension to our understanding of old Chinese traditions and culture.