UCO Celebrates Culture from the Far East with Asian Moon Festival Sept. 20

Sept. 13, 2013

Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, University Relations, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121, lhouts@uco.edu

UCO CELEBRATES CULTURE FROM THE FAR EAST WITH ASIAN MOON FESTIVAL SEPT. 20

The University of Central Oklahoma invites the community to celebrate the culture of the Far East during the Asian Moon Festival at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Plunkett Park on Central’s campus. Inspired by the Chinese Moon Festival, the event is a traditional celebration for the fall and harvest season. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will feature Asia’s rich cultures throughout the evening with a performance from Miss Asian UCO 2013 Mariz Escobar, a traditional dress fashion show, customary dances, a paper lantern contest, face painting and authentic Asian cuisine. Children will receive goody bags while supplies last.           

Students in the Asian-American Student Association played a key role planning and co-sponsoring the event with Central’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.           

“The Asian-American Student Association is so excited to bring this program to the UCO and metro communities,” said MeShawn Conley, director of Central’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

“It is a UCO tradition that celebrates the Asian culture while also exposing participants to new experiences.”             

Attendees ages 4 and above can participate in a handmade lantern contest. Lanterns may be of any shape and size, must be completed prior to the festival, and should be submitted by 6:30 p.m. Winners will be selected from three groups: 4-10 years old, 11-17 years old and college students.

For more information, visit www.uco.edu/moonfestival, or contact Conley at 405-974-5944 or MConley@uco.edu.

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