The Coming of Fall and Festivals By Mei An

by Emily Dickinson

The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry’s cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.
The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I’ll put a trinket on.


With the fallen leaves of red and yellow, we are aware of the coming of fall. It is always a season of harvest. It is also a time for celebration. There are Fall Festivals both in China and America.

For school life, we are near the mid-term. Look at the books we have finished!

Cultural Foundations of Learning: East and West by Jin Li
Catching Up or Leading the Way by Yong Zhao












We have a long reading list for literature class, a presentation, and a project. We will keep working hard on it. We are almost there!

There is an important fall festival in China- The Mid- Autumn Day Festival (Moon Festival)

The 2015 Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 15th. We have three traditions for Mid-Autumn Day: eating moon cakes, appreciating the brightest and roundest moon of the year, and expressing our love for our family members and friends. It is a time for everyone to gather at home and enjoy time with each other.

Celebrating Mid Autumn Festival in Dr. Bailian Li’s home.
Happy times!







Why do we have to eat moon cakes? There is a romantic story behind it. According to the legend, a beautiful lady named Chang E had to eat an elixir because someone wanted to steal it. The elixir had been prepared for her husband, Hou yi, who received the medicine as a reward for shooting nine suns in the sky, leaving only one sun and saving humankind. After eating it, she fled to the nearest planet- the moon. We eat the moon cakes to express our love for her and our long distant relatives and friends, .

Chang E
Moon cakes come in many varieties, but are most often filled with red bean paste or lotus seed paste.

Festivals in America.

Take a guess!

We see it when we go to supermarket, to the farmer’s market, the school campus, even in our assignment papers, almost everywhere. They all have this kind of flower.

Do you know what this flower is? If you do, add a comment at the bottom of this post!

Pumpkins at the Farmer’s Market
Painting and carving pumpkins is a western Halloween tradition.

An image in our class literature has lots of round pumpkins, just like the assignments we are facing.

Looking forward to fall break and Halloween…

Happy Halloween!


Mei An