Tacoma Moon Festival Sticker Design Contest 2022
CALL FOR SUBMISSION
• The Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation is hosting our very first sticker design contest as part of our 2022 Tacoma Moon Festival activities.
• Five winning designs will be selected by our board members, one from each of the following groups:
o PreK – Grade 1 (Age: 6 or under)
o Grades 2 – 5 (Age: 7-10)
o Grades 6 – 8 (Age: 11-13)
o Grades 9 – 12 (Age: 14-17)
o 18+ or group (Age: mixed)
• The winning designs will be used to produce stickers that will be available for distribution to local schools and the wider community in fall of 2022, and at the 2022 Tacoma Moon Festival (event date: September 10).
• Each design may be submitted by one individual or a group of designers.
• Submissions will be accepted Now – August 1st (by midnight, Pacific Time), 2022.
• The winner will be announced by August 18th, 2022.
• Your sticker design must be a piece created specifically for the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation and its annual event, the Tacoma Moon Festival.
• Your sticker design must be your original creation; a piece designed by you, featuring images and ideas that you own all the rights to, or have permission to use. Hand-drawn designs are highly encouraged.
• Sticker designs can be of various shapes (square, circle, etc.), and must be a clear image when scaled down to a 3×3″ graphic or similar size (such as 2×4″).
• Graphic should be submitted on a white background, to allow for proper printing.
• Graphic should include the following:
1. the name of the organization: “Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation” or “CRPF Tacoma” or “CRPF”
2. the year and the name of the moon festival: “2022 Tacoma Moon Festival” or “2022 TMF”
HOW TO SUBMIT
• Send in a scanned JPEG file (high-resolution) of your design to firstname.lastname@example.org with the proper file naming convention:
2022TMFContest_GroupName_Age (list the age of the oldest team member)
[example 1: 2022TMFContest_JanSmith_9_Stanley]
[example 2: 2022TMFContest_CJZhang_25]
[example 3: 2022TMFContest_SmithFamily_30]
• Open to all residents in the State of Washington, one submission per person/group.
• A confirmation upon receipt will be sent back within 48 hours.
HISTORY OF THE MOON FESTIVALE
The Moon Festival occurs on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month every year. It was originated over 3000 years ago in China, and is celebrated all over the world, both by Chinese and other Asian communities.
In ancient China, the emperors worshipped the moon in the fall to appreciate the fall harvest and pray for blessings for the coming year. Nowadays, it has become a time for family and friends to gather and enjoy the fullest moon of the year. One of the most representative traditions that people do is to eat mooncakes (a Chinese pastry with sweet or savory fillings wrapped in dough, and often pressed with beautiful designs). Some of the signature fruits people enjoy during this holiday include grapes, watermelons, and persimmons. People also celebrate the special day by doing the lion dance, and lighting and hanging up lanterns.
LEGEND OF CHANG’E
In ancient times, the Earth once had ten suns circling over it, each taking its turn to illuminate the Earth. One day all ten suns appeared in the sky together, which scorched all crops and made people’s lives miserable. The Earth was saved by a hero named Hou Yi (“ho-EE”), who shot down nine suns out of the sky, leaving just one for the people. For his efforts, Hou Yi received an elixir from the Empress of Heaven. It was said that after swallowing the elixir, one would immediately ascend to Heaven and become immortal. In some tales, the elixir was prepared by a spirit called the Jade Rabbit.
One day, when Hou Yi went hunting, Peng Meng (“Puh-ng Muh-ng”), one of his disciples, demanded Hou Yi’s wife Chang’e (“Ch-AH-ng UH”) give him the elixir. Realizing she would be unable to defeat Peng Meng, Chang’e swallowed the elixir to prevent Peng Meng from stealing it. After drinking it, Chang’e began to float toward Heaven. Chang’e settled down on the moon, the place in Heaven closest to the Earth.
When Hou Yi returned home, he learned about what happened. Shocked and furious, he looked into the night sky and called out her name. To his surprise, he saw a figure on the moon that was exactly like Chang’e. Hou Yi then had an incense table arranged in the back garden and filled it with his wife’s favorite foods and fresh fruits to express his affection for her. When people heard the story about Chang’e, they also set incense tables in the moonlight and prayed for her.
ABOUT THE TACOMA MOON FESTIVAL
Presented by the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation (CRPF), the Tacoma Moon Festival is an annual outdoor celebration held in the month of September at the Chinese Reconciliation Park to honor the rich diverse cultures of the Puget Sound region, brought here by our immigrant communities over the 150 years of the city’s history. This annual waterfront event also highlights the progress of a collaborated project between the City of Tacoma and its citizens to build the commemorated Chinese Reconciliation Park.