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LINCOLN — Lincoln College Chinese exchange students will host a traditional Chinese theatrical music performance called Mid-Autumn Festival beginning at 6 p.m. Friday on the main stage of the Johnston Center for the Performing Arts at the Lincoln College campus.

The Festival will be a traditional performance, followed by a Q&A and reception. Admission is free.

"Mid-Autumn Festival was initially used to express people's worship of the moon," said host, Professor Bing Wang said. "It is depicted in the most well-known myth: Goddess Chang'e Flying to the Moon. Since the Tang Dynasty (618 AD), watching the full moon and creating poetries on this day is very popular among literati. In the history of Chinese literature, thousands of poems are associated with this festival. Since the Ming Dynasty (1368) Chinese people began to celebrate it as an important occasion for family reunions as Chinese people do today."

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The eight students and Wang are participating in the first international exchange program at Lincoln College. The program provides an immersive experience for Chinese students interested in studying in the United States. The students are visiting from Shenyang Jianzhu University.

Mid-Autumn Festival is the second most important festival celebrated in China. It is held on the 15th of August on the lunar calendar (the full moon day). The moon on this day is the brightest and roundest, which symbolizes family union in Chinese culture.

At the festival, family members gather to celebrate by watching the moon, eating mooncake, and enjoying the Mid-Autumn Festival Gala organized by China Central Television.

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