Guest Post by Sue Kaiser, Director of Customer Relations and Student Services at
TransPac Aviation Academy
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If you were to ask many American university students what comes to mind when they think about the moon, you would get a barrage of answers - Everything from the song “Blue Moon,” the famous children’s book Goodnight Moon, and the sad memory of realizing that the moon isn’t actually made of cheese. And yet, for many of the students at TransPac Aviation Academy, the moon carries a whole different meaning.
Every autumn, Chinese and Vietnamese cultures celebrate The Moon Festival, otherwise known as the Mid-Autumn Festival. Traditionally, it is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar and Vietnamese calendar. For most individuals who celebrate the festival, it represents a time for families to come together and give thanks. It is also tied in to many ancient Chinese legends, such as the story of Chang Er, the woman who flew to the moon and inspired many poems and songs.