SAN LEANDRO -- Marina Park will be filled with performers, moon cakes and family activities from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday for the San Leandro Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.
The free event hosted by the Asian Community Cultural Association of San Leandro aims "to educate the community about the Asian culture. The Moon Festival is the second most important holiday after the Lunar New Year," association President Arlene Lum said in an email. Lum said it is considered the "Asian Thanksgiving" and focuses on gathering, giving thanks and praying.
The holiday is celebrated differently in different countries, but many celebrate with lanterns, moon games and moon cakes with red bean, mung bean, jujube paste and other fillings.
Entertainers Saturday include Ben's Shaolin Kung Fu Lion Dancers, Lung Do Music Society Orchestra, Lions Club Prince & Princess Gangnam-style dancers, Indonesian and other dance groups, a magician, comedian and kung fu and karate demonstrators.
Representatives from the County Registrar of Voters will be present, as well as local businesses and groups offering health services. For $1, attendees can make a lucky red envelope lantern or duct tape wallet. The event will be held at the Heron picnic area at the south end of Marina Park.
For more information in English, call 510-305-2533. For information in Cantonese, call 510-415-2328. For Tagalog, call 415-342-6934.
Ashly McGlone covers San Leandro, San Lorenzo, San Ramon and the Washington Township Health Care District. Contact her at 510-293-2463. Follow her at Twitter.com/AshlyReports.