International Students Celebrate Moon Festival

 In International Students, Vanguard Blog

In the Chinese culture, it is called the Mid-Autumn Festival, celebrating the harvest and held on the 15th day of the eighth month of each year

Traditional Chinese Moon Cake

Traditional Chinese Moon Cake

during a full moon. Also known as the “Moon Festival” the annual celebration is similar to America’s Thanksgiving holiday. Families given time off from work and get together to share a moon cake. It is a happy season when engagements and marriages also take place.

The moon festival holds a special place in the heart of International student Zhuaho Shen, who is unable to celebrate with friends and family back in China while attending school at Vanguard. Also known as Horatio, the Vanguard sophomore picked his American name in honor of Horatio Caine, the lead character on the hit CBS crime drama CSI Miami.

Arno, Lester, Leo, Young and Horatio with their moon cakes.

Arno, Lester, Leo, Young and Horatio with their moon cakes.

Imagine Horatio’s surprise when he and his fellow International students were summoned to Jaworski this morning by Vanguard’s director of advancement, Colleen Mahoney, for a special treat. Horatio and the others were greeted with six traditional Chinese moon cakes.

Horatio could be heard saying, “Oh no you didn’t!” and “Wow, thank you, thank you so much.” He also asked, “Where did you get them?”

Mahoney had secured the hard-to-find cakes from a local Chinese restaurant whose owner was initially reluctant to give them up. After Mahoney explained why she needed them, the owner gladly relinquished ownership of the cakes that were originally purchased at a Chinese bakery in Dallas.

The result? Horatio, along with Peiyang “Allen” Cang, Mengxin “Arno” Yang, Cheng “Leo” Cui, Ziyuan “Lester” Li and Yang “Young” Yang all enjoyed a slice of mid-autumn home life while studying at the best private college preparatory school in Central Texas.

Allen in Art Class

Allen in Art Class

“Our International students seem to be settling in quite well,” said Bill Borg, Vanguard’s head of school. “They are starting to open up a bit and realize that it is okay to ask questions of their teachers and fellow students. They are beginning to have fun while at the same time taking part in a first class American education.”

Thank you Colleen, and we look forward to the many years of moon cakes to come.

Go Vikings.

 

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