|Hsi Lai Temple ("Going West" Monastery), Hacienda Heights, suburban Los Angeles, CA|
|Chrysanthemum tea and red bean and lotus seed paste mooncakes (npr.org)|
|Mahayana nun, Theravada monk, devotees in courtyard imbibing tea and Dharma (WQ)|
|Lining up candles in hand following Hsi Lai Temple tea ceremony and meditation (WQ)|
|Tea and mooncakes by moonlight, Hsi Lai Temple, Sept. 20, 2013 (Wisdom Quarterly)|
|Lining up to offer candles (WQ)|
|Gathering around the tea table (WQ)|
|Full moon (Tim McCord (space.com)|
|Approaching the Buddha light altar (WQ)|
|Bhikshuni dispenses tea and stories (WQ)|
|Travis waiting for tea, cake, and stories|
|Lining up in front of main hall (WQ)|
|In line with candle offerings following guided meditation, Hsi Lai Temple (WQ)|
|More stories, more tea and cake (WQ)|
|Socializing under gaslamps (WQ)|
Island Buddhist Observance
|Sri Lanka cave temple (hellotravel.com)|
Rena Kosnett (laweekly.com, chinatownla.com)
(FREE) Now 75 years old, Los Angeles' Chinatown is celebrating her landmark anniversary by hosting an epic bash. The annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (also known as the Zhongqiu or "Mooncake" Festival) is a tradition that dates back more than 3,000 years.
Farmers marking the end of the harvest season in China would gather to gaze at the moon and eat mooncakes, yummy round pastries filled with sweet red bean or lotus seed paste. Although the farmers may not be present on Saturday, the moon cakes definitely will, offered up by local bakeries.
Other festival treats look just as indulgent: Bamboo Lane's Night Market will provide traditional and contemporary edibles, while the outdoor baccarat lounge, which even a decadent craft beer garden to test one's autumnal karma. Telescopes provided by the local Griffith Observatory will give everyone a chance to view the harvest moon from an unnaturally close vantage point.
Chinatown festivals are always a good excuse to leave the house, but this looks to be one of the most decadent in recent memory. Art gallery openings, live cooking demonstrations, craft workshops, and the band lineup, curated by Kevin Bronson of Buzzbands.la, are even more reason to fill the streets on this beautiful seasonal equinox.
- Central and West Plaza, 943-951 N. Broadway, Chinatown
- Saturday, Sept. 21st, 5:00 p.m.-12:00 am; (323) 206-6491