The August Moon Festival is one of the greatest Chinese Festivals, second only to the Chinese New Year. There are several meanings behind the festival. Since the arrival of autumn is thought to be a propitious season and the weather is usually conducive to good health and enjoyment, the August Moon Festival is a festival of joy and health. The August Moon Festival is also known as the Harvest Festival, a time of thanks for the harvest and good crops. Each year, the Chinese Benevolent Association of New England organizes a full day event to celebrate this important holiday. Come enjoy stage performances of Asian folk dance, lion dance, Chinese opera, and other entertainment. You can also browse the many vendor tables throughout the streets of Chinatown for food, gifts and souvenirs.