#Indianapolis – In China a special festival is held during the month of September: the Chinese Moon Festival which is a celebration for the fall harvest. Indianapolis hosts a festival dedicated to Chinese culture around the same time as the Moon Festival.
The seventh incarnation of the Indianapolis Chinese Festival took place Saturday at Indianapolis’ American Legion Mall and offered residents a chance to celebrate and learn about Chinese culture.
Surrounded by monuments and engulfed in sun and whimsical clouds, the American Legion Mall found people from all-walks-of -life engaging in activities relevant to Chinese culture.
From Taichi and and martial arts performances to dance and music performances, a myriad of Chinese history and culture is represented at the festival. Each section of the festival grounds represents a different facet of China’s culture and opportunities to actively engage with volunteers who work with Chinese culture.
IUPUI’s Confucius Institute of Indianapolis is one of the many organizations which come together to put together the Chinese festival.
“With an event like this we try to make people aware of the Chinese community that we have here which is pretty big,” Noah Buonanno office coordinator for the Confucius Institute of Indianapolis said. “It’s great for people to interact with different cultures, it’s something that creates a greater understanding of the world around them.”
Traditional dances and music could be seen and heard throughout the festival grounds.
Chinese lessons were offered free of charge and Chinese foods were in abundance to give attendees the taste of Chinese culture.
“I feel like this festival is just an opportunity for us as an Indianapolis community to grow and learn about a different culture in a fun and laid back atmosphere,” Buonanno said.
Next year’s festival will take place Sept. 12, 2015.
For more information about the Indianapolis Chinese Festival click here.
Check out more photos from the festival below.