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Community invited to MSC Harvest Moon Festival celebration in Tishomingo on October 14, 2019

October 10, 2019


For the third year, Murray State College will celebrate the Harvest Moon Festival, a Chinese ceremony dating back 3,600 years.  This festival focuses on sharing, giving thanks and offering prayers for babies, family and a good future.  The celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. on October 14.  It will be held outside in the fountain area between cafeteria and classroom buildings on MSC’s Tishomingo campus.  Children are welcome and encouraged to attend, and there is no charge for this event.

This year’s event will also include a special time for remembrance of and reflection on MSC Math Instructor Kendra Parker, who lost her life in a October 2 car accident on U.S. Highway 377 north of Tishomingo.

Because of China’s strong influence, Harvest Moon celebrations continue to be held by many Asian cultures throughout the world. During the festival, people gather to remember and talk about family, especially family living far away or those not currently living.

“Community members are encouraged to celebrate along with our faculty, staff and students. There will be stories shared and we encourage everyone, especially our international students and community members, to come and talk about family, friends and homelands.  It will be a special evening,” said MSC President Joy McDaniel.

The celebration in Tishomingo is sponsored by the Murray State College Cultural Events Committee and will include paper lanterns, an assortment of mooncakes, pomelos, and a variety of teas from China and other Asian countries to recreate the cultural significance of the event. Participants can expect to sit under the moon surrounded by the traditional bright colored lanterns, eat, drink, and share stories of the importance of family and friendships.

For information, contact Dr. Rebecca Jacobs-Pollez at or 580-387-7512.