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Autumn Moon Festival in San Francisco Marks Autumn Equinox

Posted: Sep. 25th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Autumn Moon Festival
CBS Local

Just because summer ended didnít mean that fun times had to as well. Celebrated by cultures throughout history, the autumn equinox not only marks the end of summer but, with the moon closer to Earth than any other day of the year, the moon is the brightest that it will get compared to any other date.

San Francisco residents will throw a festival or party over just about anything, however this event actually has historical, cultural and natural implications, making it a difficult party to pass up.

Summer has officially ended with the first day of fall arriving Saturday.

In San Francisco, the 2012 Autumn Moon Festival is marking the start of a new season Saturday and Sunday with the San Francisco Chinatown Merchants Association presenting live entertainment, food, drinks, cultural booths, arts and crafts, and a parade in Chinatown along Grant Avenue.

Festival organizers said the celebration showcases Chinese culture during the brightest and fullest moon on the lunar calendar, which coincides with the autumnal equinox on the Western calendar.

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