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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! 中秋節快乐!

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Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Lunar Calendar. Originally, this festival was to celebrate the years harvest and it’s a time for families to gather together and catch up with one another while enjoying some delicious moon cakes. Ever since the Shang Dynasty (16th-10th century BCE) the Chinese have celebrated this holiday. Although originally it was to worship the Mountain Gods for a good harvest, now people celebrate this holiday as a celebration of unity of family and friends. 

The legend goes that there were once 10 suns in the sky and the hero Hou Yi shot down 9 out of the 10 suns and was pronounced king by the thankful people. However, he soon became a conceited and tyrannical ruler. In order to live long without death, he asked for the elixir from Xiwangmu (a witch). But his wife, Chang’e (tang uh), stole it on the fifteenth of August because she did not want the cruel king to live long and hurt more people. She took the magic potion to prevent her husband from becoming immortal. Houyi was so angry when discovered that Chang’e took the elixir, he shot at his wife as she flew toward the moon, though he missed. Chang’e fled to the moon and became the spirit of the moon. Houyi died soon because he was overcome with great anger. Thereafter, people offer a sacrifice to Chang’e on every lunar fifteenth of August to commemorate Chang’e’s action. 

It’s also said that Chang’e took her pet rabbit to keep her company. If you look at the moon hard enough it’s said that you can see the shadow of Chang’e rabbit. 

One thing that people eat during Mid-Autumn Festival are moon cakes. These pastries can either be sweet or savory. There’s often an intricate design on the moon cakes, either a rabbit or a lantern. 

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Moon cakes have become more and more popular, and there have been “modern” versions that have been made. Some notable ones are ice cream moon cakes by Häagen-Dazs. It’s a fresh and modern twist on an ancient tradition. 

Another tradition is to celebrate with lanterns. You could either make your own or buy one to light up. Lantern parades and displays are prevalent in China and other countries that celebrate this tradition. One fun tradition is to solve “Deng Mi” which translates to “Lantern Riddles” Usually if you can solve the riddles you get a lantern to parade around. 

The most important part of Mid-Autumn Festival is to be thankful. Although not many celebrate this festival for the harvest now, many still get together with family members and enjoy each other’s company. 

How do you celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival?

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#Mid-Autumn Festival  #mooncake  #holiday  #lantern festival  #moon festival 
Cultural Connections: Qixi Festival

Today marks the seventh day of the 7th lunar month. On this special day, the Chinese celebrate the Qixi Festival (七夕節, pronounced “chee-shee”) . It is a day of great importance to girls so this event is also known Young Girls’ Festival. 

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To read more about the history, how my family celebrates it, customs and problems, click “Read More” now. 

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#usc  #culture  #chinese  #sigma delta sigma  #diversity 
The best way to bond? Of course through food! Feasting out at Parkside, we discuss things that make us laugh, get to know one another and plan for the rest of the semester! Boy those dining halls sure come in handy.  (:

The best way to bond? Of course through food! Feasting out at Parkside, we discuss things that make us laugh, get to know one another and plan for the rest of the semester! Boy those dining halls sure come in handy.  (:

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#USC  #sisterhood  #pics 
Look at all those cards! Enjoyed a lovely card-making night with the ladies of Lambda Theta Nu. We definitely all got in touch with our art and craft skills!

Look at all those cards! Enjoyed a lovely card-making night with the ladies of Lambda Theta Nu. We definitely all got in touch with our art and craft skills!

— 1 year ago
#usc  #community serivce  #service 

Thank you SDA gentlemen for hosting a multicultural potluck with us! Still think about the food every now and then! (:

— 1 year ago
#usc  #multiculturalism  #diversity 
Multicultural Presentations at UCI

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Week 9 brought three multicultural presentations from Gamma Chapter’s newest class. 

Click “Read More” to learn more about Delta Class’ Haydee’s presentation about Moyahua, Zacatecas!

 

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#sigma delta sigma  #gamma chapter  #uc irvine  #moyahua  #zacatecas  #multiculturalism  #uci 
The ladies of Sigma Delta Sigma place great importance on the sorority’s mission statement to create unity through diversity and community involvement through the promotion of social awareness of contemporary issues concerning all facets of the public. Through active participation in community service and cultural activities, the sisters of Sigma Delta Sigma advocate the understanding of different customs and traditions and readily assist in giving support to all factions of society that demands aid. With our motto “strength through diversity and sisterhood,” each sisters strives to maintain and uphold the values.Denim Day is sponsored by Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) to enlist public support to dispel harmful attitudes about rape.The Denim Day campaign began in 1999 with CALCASA and LACAAW, the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women, as part of an international protest of an Italian Supreme Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans. The Italian Supreme Court dismissed charges against a 45-year old rape suspect because his 18-year-old victim was wearing jeans at the time of the attack. The Court stated in its decision that “It is common knowledge…that jeans cannot even be partly removed without the effective help of the person wearing them….and it is impossible if the victim is struggling with all her might.” The judgment sparked a worldwide outcry from those who understand coercion, threats and violence go along with the act of rape. The unpopular verdict became an international symbol of myth-based injustice for sexual assault victims.Denim Day is an outward example of how a community can help change people’s perceptions about violence against women, men and children. Please support us by wearing denim and talking about harmful attitudes that contribute to the ongoing prevalence of sexual violence in our community.

The ladies of Sigma Delta Sigma place great importance on the sorority’s mission statement to create unity through diversity and community involvement through the promotion of social awareness of contemporary issues concerning all facets of the public. Through active participation in community service and cultural activities, the sisters of Sigma Delta Sigma advocate the understanding of different customs and traditions and readily assist in giving support to all factions of society that demands aid. With our motto “strength through diversity and sisterhood,” each sisters strives to maintain and uphold the values.

Denim Day is sponsored by Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) to enlist public support to dispel harmful attitudes about rape.

The Denim Day campaign began in 1999 with CALCASA and LACAAW, the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women, as part of an international protest of an Italian Supreme Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans. The Italian Supreme Court dismissed charges against a 45-year old rape suspect because his 18-year-old victim was wearing jeans at the time of the attack. The Court stated in its decision that “It is common knowledge…that jeans cannot even be partly removed without the effective help of the person wearing them….and it is impossible if the victim is struggling with all her might.” The judgment sparked a worldwide outcry from those who understand coercion, threats and violence go along with the act of rape. The unpopular verdict became an international symbol of myth-based injustice for sexual assault victims.

Denim Day is an outward example of how a community can help change people’s perceptions about violence against women, men and children. Please support us by wearing denim and talking about harmful attitudes that contribute to the ongoing prevalence of sexual violence in our community.

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#sisterhood  #sorority  #uci  #multicultural  #multicultural greek council  #sigma delta sigma  #sds  #ucirvine  #activities  #love  #tolerance  #acceptance  #denim day  #sexual assult awareness 
Multicultural Presentations at UCI

Week 4 brought Delta class’ Laura Quon’s presentation on DIm Sum!

For more information on this interactive Cantonese dining experience, click “Read More” now!

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#diversity  #uci  #dim sum 

PAWS FOR A CAUSE
The ladies of Sigma Delta Sigma at UC Irvine held their own community service event on April 22nd, 2013 that was open to other organizations on campus. The girls made dog toys for the Irvine Animal Shelter from old jeans! This event demonstrated that community service and helping others can be rewarding and fun, and gave the ladies a way to spread their love of service to others!

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#nu alpha kappa  #sigma delta sigma  #uci  #service  #animal shelter  #dog toys 

On April 13th and 14th, the UCI Gamma Chapter girls went on their quarterly retreat and explored Los Angeles. The girls experienced Japanese culture through dinner and shopping in Little Toyko, and went to the tourist capital of Los Angeles: Hollywood! 

This was the first retreat for the newest UCI class! The Delta class is Jocelynda Salvador, Laura Quon, Vanessa Lopez, and Haydee Reynoso.

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#uci  #sisterhood  #diversity  #sigma delta sigma  #la  #hollywood 
Week 2 of Spring Quarter, the Sigdelts are participating in FIJI Islander 2013 this week, a week long of philanthropy and volunteer events with all the proceeds made will go to The American Red Cross. On Sunday 4/7, 4 of our wonderful Sigdelts and our two amazing captains volunteered at Orangewood, a children and family center. We made crafts, played sports and video games, and spent time with the children at the center.

Week 2 of Spring Quarter, the Sigdelts are participating in FIJI Islander 2013 this week, a week long of philanthropy and volunteer events with all the proceeds made will go to The American Red Cross. On Sunday 4/7, 4 of our wonderful Sigdelts and our two amazing captains volunteered at Orangewood, a children and family center. We made crafts, played sports and video games, and spent time with the children at the center.

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#FIJI  #UCIFIJIISLANDER2013  #uci  #sigma delta sigma  #orangewood  #service 
Multicultural Presentations at UCI

Week 2 of Spring Quarter was the start of UCI’s multicultural presentations!  Gamma Chapter Beta Class’ Stephanie Hua gave an awesome presentation on Tahiti and Tahitian dancing!

For more information on Stephanie’s presentation, click “read more” now!

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— 1 year ago
#diversity  #sigma delta sigma  #culture  #tahiti  #tahitian dancing 
"Hope for Homeboys"

Sigma Delta Sigma really prides itself in the wonderful community service events we put on either by ourselves or philanthropy events with other organizations. Just recently, SDS and SDA/Alpha Pi Omega at UCI did a join community service event where we invited “at risk” youths from the area to listen to some guest speakers and organizations present, we also had some student speakers tell the youths their story and how they got to where they were. 

The whole event emphasized the importance of education and how it’s never to late to get on the right track . After the speakers, a few of our Gamma Chapter sisters gave campus tours and interacted with the youth. All in all it was a successful event and it really showed that SDS is committed in helping all aspects of the community. If you are interested in reading more, here is a news article link to UCI’s school newspaper (we made it to the front page!) 

http://www.newuniversity.org/2013/03/news/hope-for-homeboys-2/

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#sigma delta sigma  #uci  #hope for homeboys  #new university  #diversity  #service  #pics 
Multicultural Presentations at UCI

Week 8 brought Gamma Chapter Beta Class’ Jenessa Garcia’s presentation on Holland!

For more information on Jenessa’s presentation, click “read more” now!

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#Holland  #sigma delta sigma  #diversity