Chinese communities in New York City celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival

NEW YORK, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- A Mid-Autumn Festival event titled "Brooklyn Autumn Moon Festival," organized by the Asian American Community Empowerment and other Chinese communities, took place on Thursday in Brooklyn of New York City.

Attendees celebrated the 71st anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and the Mid-Autumn Festival, both of which fell on Oct. 1 this year.

As many of the traditional events to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in New York City were cancelled or moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was different from the previous years.

Most of the artistic performances were cut, only the traditional dragon and lion dances were retained, and the originally planned distribution of mooncakes was changed to the distribution of epidemic prevention items such as masks and hand sanitizers.

Chen Shanzhuang, president of the Asian American Community Empowerment, said, "Today marks the Mid-Autumn Festival, a traditional holiday for family reunion in China. This year's Oct. 1, China's National Day, coincides with the Mid-Autumn Festival."

Nearly 100,000 masks and more than 1,000 school bags were prepared to be distributed to the participants. There were far fewer people at the event this year than in previous years due to the pandemic.

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