On the cusp of a full moon last Friday, September 13, employees at Sasaki put superstition aside to celebrate the widely-observed holiday—Moon Festival! The Festival of the Moon, also known as Mid-Autumn Festival, is a holiday celebrated all over the continent of Asia and is a time for gathering with family and friends, exchanging gifts, giving thanks for the year's harvest, crafting paper lanterns, and imbibing moon cakes and tea.
While countries in Asia all celebrate Moon Festival in similar ways, there are slight variations in rituals and festivities from region to region. The Watertown office was introduced to the various countries and cultures that partake in the holiday, illustrated through presentations by Sasakians hailing from all over Asia. Sweet and savory moon cakes were offered as a snack, samples of hot tea were also prepared, and the afternoon concluded with a traditional musical performance and origami lantern making.
Sasaki is a place that embraces and celebrates unique individuals and cultures. Our Moon Festival celebration is just one of many cultural High Holidays hosted at the office—a fun and informative way to engage the whole Sasaki community in the diverse cultures that make our firm such a special place.
Sasakians line up for Moon Festival treats—sweet and savory moon cakes
Hot tea and moon cakes were sampled in celebration of Moon Festival
The firm gathered together to enjoy the festivities
A handful of Sasakians presented to the office about the various Moon Festival traditions celebrated across Asia
The firm was also treated to a musical performance featuring a Hulusi, traditional Chinese gourd flute
Paper lanterns were hung around the office, made of paper featuring Sasaki project illustrations