The Mid-Autumn Festival in Vietnam

Mid-Autumn Festival in Vietnam is often held in the eighth lunar month. It is one of the most important and meaningful festivals in Vietnam. It not only recalls the family love and reunion, but is also a festival for both children and adults in Vietnam.

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Why do the Vietnamese celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival?

The meaning of the Mid-Autumn Festival is rather different to the one celebrated in China, although the Vietnamese also celebrate it by eating mooncakes. In Vietnam the Mid-Autumn Festival is the happiest day for children, during which parents buy their children various types of lanterns, snacks and funny masks.

Mid-Autumn Festival in Vietnam via Asia Travel

Activities in Mid-Autumn Festival

Various activities are held to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in Vietnam. The main activities include worshiping the God of Earth, carrying carp-shaped lanterns and watching a lion dance parade.

In this occasion, many funny and interesting activities take place. Making lanterns is one of the activities in this festival. Such funny masks and various lanterns are carefully made by skillful artisans. Nowadays, groups of young Vietnamese people create unique and beautiful lanterns based on the traditional ones. Meanwhile, adults prepare parties with many different foods from Moon Cakes, candies, and biscuits to fruits. Among those, Moon Cake is the most important and specific cake which is only produced in this festival. Moon Cake is the combination of flavor, meat, egg, dried fruit, pumpkin’s seed, and peanut, all of them create a sweet and good taste. The meaning of this cake is symbolizing Luck, Happiness, Health and Wealth.

Traditional Moon Cake and tea via Tour Guide

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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