The Harvest Moon Festival

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Monday October 16, 2017 - Sunday October 22, 2017
Annually on October 16

The Harvest Moon Festival


The Harvest Moon Festival is a week long celebration that coincides with the moon gaining an orange hue for the duration. It is thought that the orange symbolizes the hope of a good harvest to come. During this celebration, apples are candied and dipped in caramel, mortals tell stories of the supernatural, and the superstitious go into hiding. This is also the time where children fashion pots of clay and use them to hold candles to honor the dead for the remainder of the month, until they are blown out at the end of the month.


Tournaments:

Orange and Black Joust

  • Knights and commoners alike adorned in either black or orange face off against one another in the jousting competition. While their identities are hidden, participants are encouraged to create their own costumes and names to go with the theme of the month's supernatural wonders. Many participants have a reoccurring persona that fans look forward to cheering for each year.

Race of the Midnight Steeds

  • Only black horses may enter this race, though many get touched up and decorated with glowing paints and dyes or metallic powders. Viewers cheer from their seats on rooftops, watching the forms race through the night. It's customary for the winner to be showered with baked pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkin Carving

  • Yes, you too can carve your very own pumpkin! The pumpkin carving contest is one of tradition and joy where participants pick out a pumpkin and carve it into a unique masterpiece. These pumpkins are then used to line the castle's walls to glow in the night, while the winning pumpkin has the honor of gracing the Prince's table.


The Pumpkin Chuck

  • It's time to do something with those rotten and damaged pumpkins found from harvest, and those pumpkin guts from the carving contest. What to do, what to do... How about we throw them at each other?


 

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