Rosemead Moon Festival celebrates Asian tradition on Saturday

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Live music, mooncakes and more await visitors to Rosemead’s Moon Festival on Saturday. Now in its fifth year, the Moon Festival coincides with the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese people around the world.

The festival will be held on Valley Boulevard in downtown Rosemead. Valley Boulevard will be shut down from Walnut Grove to Ivar avenues for the festival, which will run from 3:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Admission is free, and visitors can visit more than 110 food and merchandise vendors. In addition, the festival will feature live music and performances. Among those performing at the Moon Festival will be martial arts experts from the Shaolin Kung Fu Temple.

While the most famous holiday in Asian culture is Lunar New Year, Moon Festival organizer Heidi Lau said the Mid-Autumn Festival holds a special place in the hearts of the Asian diaspora.

“Every year, when the festival comes, Chinese from around the world return home for family reunions,” Lau said. “We welcome all to come and join us for the festival and a night market full of family fun.”

This Saturday’s festival won’t be the only one for Angelenos to attend. Chinatown will have its own celebration on Sept. 29.

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