Why do the Vietnamese celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival?
Activities in Mid-Autumn Festival
Besides, children during the festival are provided with many nice lanterns of all interesting shapes like star, flower and various funny masks used for special performances in the full-moon evening. The main activity of the Vietnamese festival is that children take the beautiful lanterns, wear funny and colorful masks, and then perform fantastic lion dances, sing folklore songs in the house’s grounds or in the streets when the moon is rising. That is the most interesting moment of the festival. As this is a chance for family members reunite and share everything together. The young will express their gratitude to the old, while children will receive love and gifts from their parents.
At night, groups of children parade through the streets, going from door to door and asking the owners for their permission to perform the lion dance. If it is agreed then the children will put on a show, which is believed to bring luck and fortune. Afterwards, the owners will give the children ‘lucky’ money for their gratitude.
These lion dances are fascinating, and huge amounts of children, ranging from little kids to teenagers, participate in this activity. As a result of having so many groups of children marching around, the streets of the cities echo with the sound of drums, as dozens of lions roam about.
Nowadays, although some of the traditional toys have been replaced by modern toys, the meaning and the performance has been kept and developed. 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.
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