This week, I wanted to write about the Asian Moon Festival. Many
of the AOM students attended this festival last weekend sponsored
by ILAAOM (Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental
Over 20 students and faculty from National University enjoyed a
delicious family-style dinner, including vegetarian dishes, cash
bar and a raffle for great prizes donated by many of our supportive
vendors. Two students from NUHS won $300 scholarships!
The keynote speaker, Steve Bonzak, L.Ac., Dipl. OM, spoke on the
blossoming of Shang Han Lun style practice in relation to the
emergence and evolution of Chinese medicine in the West. The ILAAOM
founder, Claudette Baker, shared a few words to highlight ILAAOM's
It was a great event and everyone had a great time. I want to
thank everyone who participated this past weekend and showed school
spirit and support for our growing AOM program and a special thanks
to Olivia Friedman and Cynthia Easter.
Background: The Asian Moon Festival
Moon Festival is on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. It's also
known as the Mid-Autumn Festival. The Moon Festival is one of the
most important traditional events for the Chinese.
The Moon Festival is full of legendary stories. Legend says that
Chang Er flew to the moon, where she has lived ever since. You
might see her dancing on the moon during the Moon Festival. The
Moon Festival is also an occasion for family reunions. When the
full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat
moon cakes, and sing moon poems. The Moon Festival is supposed to
bring you happiness.
Thank you for your continued support of the AOM Blog. Happy
Asian Moon Festival!