Crowd of 7,000 Celebrate the OC Moon Festival at Mile Square Park
(October 9, 2023) – More than 7,000 people crowded into Mile Square Park earlier this month to celebrate the OC Moon Festival. The annual event, hosted by Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do, is one of the most significant celebrations in Vietnamese culture, dating back thousands of years.
“It’s heartwarming to see so many young children attend our Moon Festival,” said Supervisor Andrew Do, who represents Little Saigon, the largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam. “By sharing our traditions with our family, friends, and neighbors, we celebrate Orange County’s diversity and keep important cultural celebrations alive.”
At the OC Moon Festival, families waited in line with their children to get free colorful lanterns and moon cakes while enjoying live performances on stage. The event also featured face painting by Beauty Glam Academy, balloon animals by the Dynamite Book Club, and a variety of food vendors.
Known as Mid-Autumn Festival, or Tết Trung Thu in Vietnamese, the Moon Festival highlights the significance of family, unity, and gratitude. The celebration marks a joyous occasion when labor is finished, and a family’s focus can shift to spending quality time with their loved ones.
“In Vietnamese culture, the full moon is a symbol of prosperity and a full life,” explains Supervisor Andrew Do. “Traditionally, families would gather on the day when the moon was at its fullest to give thanks for the harvest season.”
If you missed the event or want to relive the moments, check out the video and photos below. To learn more about future events in the First District, please visit d1.ocgov.com and sign up for Supervisor Andrew Do’s newsletter.
Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do represents the First District communities of Cypress, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, La Palma, Seal Beach, Westminster, and the Unincorporated Communities of Midway City and Rossmoor. As Supervisor, Andrew Do has reformed Orange County’s mental health services, expanded access to health care, and led efforts to combat homelessness.