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    All About Mid-Autumn Moon Festival in Vietnam

    Also known as the Full Moon Festival, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (Tết Trung Thu) falls on the fifteen day of the eighth lunar month.

    This is one of the two most popular festivals in Vietnam, and has been important to families in Vietnam for many years.Travel News: Sapa Mid – Autumn Festival 2017.     




    The official day of the festival is 15th August, however, people celebrate from 14th August, especially for the children, they are excited to prepare for the mid-autumn weeks and even a month before it really takes place. Coming to the countryside right now, you can find yourself lost in the nights filled with joy and happiness, laughters of children far-resounding on the village streets. They are rehearsing for singing and dancing competitions that will be hold during the festival.

    It is said that originally, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival came about as a way for parents to make up for lost time with their children after harvest season. The harvest was done by September, (August in the Lunar calendar) and the parents were anxious to spend time with their children and do something special with them, as well as celebrate the harvest, after spending much time working hard and away from the family. It was held under the full moon, which represents fullness and prosperity of life.

    So, on this day, the adults and the parents prepare many different foods - Moon cakes, candies, biscuits, jellies, and fruit, such as grapefruit, longan fruit, bananas, apples, mango, etc. All of them are designed with fun symbols, for example: dog, cat, mouse …



    Moon cakes are the specific cakes and are only on this festival. Moon cake, which is made from flavour, meat, egg, dried fruit, pumpkin’s seed, peanut, is so sweet and good tasting. Everyone sounds “How delicious Moon cakes are!” after tasting them and can’t say no with them. Moon cakes symbolise Luck, Happiness, Health and Wealth on the Mid-Autumn day.

    One of the most famous delicacies of Vietnam, green rice flakes (com) are also believed to be the yummiest in this time of the year.

    Besides that, the children are provided with many nice lanterns - star lanterns, flower lanterns and diverse funny masks such as clown mask, lion mask, prince or princess mask for the special performance in the evening of the full moon. Everywhere is fallen in the active and colourful air. The main point of the Mid-Autumn is that children use the beautiful lanterns, wear funny masks, perform fantastic lion dances, sing folklore songs in the house’s grounds or in the streets when the moon is rising. It is really an exciting show.

    Because the autumn is the time of the beginning of the new school year, so the adults and parents give gifts to the children. And the teenagers receive a lot of presents with many good luck wishes before the hard school time. The symbol PhD which is made from paper represents good wishes for success to pupils.

    So, It is certain that the Mid-Autumn day is important and famous for Vietnamese people. Everyone wants to join in it. And it really is a good example of the traditional culture of the Vietnamese.



    Come and enjoy the mid-Autumn Festival to experience a full Vietnam. You may smile and think “Those were the days’ and your childhood comes back to you sweetly.

    One advice for visitors is you should visit Hang Ma Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. This is a popular destination for many visitors during this holiday season. The streets are sparkling and beautiful. You can find many interesting toys for your kids.

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