Sep 13, 2022 2 min read

First-Ever OMI Mid-Autumn Festival A Hit With Families

San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design hosted a lantern-making station. Andersen Yang/Ingleside Light

Community groups organized the neighborhood's first-ever Mid-Autumn Festival at Ward Rec Center.

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Families from across the neighborhood and beyond came together Sunday to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival at the Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a time when Chinese people come together to honor the harvest of the year and reunite with family members over mooncakes and a large dinner gathering. Most often celebrated in Chinatown, the Richmond and the Sunset, neighborhoods densely populated by Asian Americans, the turnout for Ingleside's first event was intergenerational with children and young parents, teenagers and seniors who created a sense of togetherness.

The Ocean View-Merced Heights-Ingleside Cultural Participation Project co-organized the event with the Friends of the OMI Mini Parks and its parent group We Are OMI. They managed a food booth that served mooncake and tea, coordinated San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design to host a lantern-making station, recruited musicians to perform the traditional instrument the Guzheng and enlisted a librarian to lead a storytelling session for children.

The traditional Chinese instrument, the Guzheng, was played. Andersen Yang/Ingleside Light

Alyssa Cheung, an co-organizer with We Are OMI, said that the event was meant to bring the community together while sharing culture, music, food and arts and crafts. Holding it at the park was more suitable for family friendly activities and to also make use of the available open space.

The original plan was to hold the event last year, OMICPP Executive Director Maurice Rivers said, but logistical issues got in the way.

“We have to make it happen," Rivers said.

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