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Asian Moon Festival

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 Medicine).

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!

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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 30th anniversary.

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

2013-10-09_mooncakeThe Chinese 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!