Chinatown celebrates August Moon Festival

The Wong Keung Lion Dance Troupe performed a dragon dance at the Chinatown August Moon Festival on Aug. 10. (Photo courtesy of Leonardo March)

The Wong Keung Lion Dance Troupe performed a dragon dance at the Chinatown August Moon Festival on Aug. 10. (Photo courtesy of Leonardo March)

The Chinatown August Moon Festival took place August 10 , hosted by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association.

The day was sunny as attendees grabbed the plentiful freebies, explored vendors, ate delicious food and watched Chinese folk performances. The moon festival is a Chinese celebration where family and friends break away from their busy lives to come together and feast, while enjoying fun from arts and crafts to sports.

The festival started off with speeches from local politicians such as Boston  City Councilor Michelle Wu Political candidates running in the Sept. 9 primary electionalso campaigned, such as Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins.

Families and festival attendees gathered to watch performances, included the classic lion and dragon dance.

“It brings people out,” said Hung Goon, president of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. “We have a lot of people that want to come out and perform, we try to fit them all in.” Among the many performances were the Queshing Chinese Music and Opera group, entertaining the crowd with four 30-minute-long songs.

Among the many food choices were a barbecue grill blazing skewers of lamb and a soft eggroll wrap served with a meat filling of choice. Over by the Chinatown Gate Park, the Chinese Calligraphy Association of Boston group hosted a table, inviting guests to have names or favorite poems transcribed by a member of the calligraphy association, while any others surrounded those playing Chinese chess. A crowd also surrounded three volleyball courts cheering for their teams. Among the participating nine-man volleyball teams were the Boston Knights Chinese Athletic Club men’s volleyball team and the Boston Hurricanes men’s volleyball team.

It’s Harrison *Avenue* and Beach Street; the Chinatown Park is also part of the festival area. Since it’s the same every year, I took this out.

Michelle Wu was elected last November and started office in January; she is not the 2014 primary race

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