Tết Trung Thu - Mid Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn festival dates back to the Rice Civilization of the Red River delta, over 4,000 years ago. It is held on the 15th day on the 8th lunar month (often in late September or early October) in the middle of autumn and it is celebrated for a whole day. Besides the Tet Holiday, Mid-Autumn festival is one of the most famous festivals and it is a traditional celebration for Vietnamese children.

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Children are provided with many nice lanterns - star lanterns, flower lanterns and diverse funny masks for special performance in the evening of the full moon. Everywhere is fallen in the active and colorful air. The main point of the Mid-Autumn is that children use the beautiful lanterns, wear funny masks, perform fantastic lion dances and sing folklore songs in the house's grounds or on the streets when the moon is rising.

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Moon cakes are the specific cakes and are only on this festival. Moon cakes, which are made from flavor, meat, egg, dried fruit, pumpkin's seed, peanut, are so sweet and good tasting. Moon cakes symbolize Luck, Happiness, Health and Wealth on the Mid-Autumn day.d with many nice lanterns - star lanterns, flower lanterns and diverse funny masks for special performance in the evening of the full moon. Everywhere is fallen in the active and colorful air. The main point of the Mid-Autumn is that children use the beautiful lanterns, wear funny masks, perform fantastic lion dances and sing folklore songs in the house's grounds or on the streets when the moon is rising.

Apart from moon cakes and lanterns, the other most visible tradition related to Mid-Autumn festival is the lion dance. On the nights leading up to the holiday, groups of children parade through the streets – some of the children maintain a martial beat on drums, while others control an extravagantly decorated 'lion' crafted from molds and paper.
The children approach homes and businesses and ask the owners for their permission to perform. If they agree, the children put on a show that is believed to bring a blessing of luck and fortune. Afterwards the host gives the children lucky money as a sign of gratitude.

 

 

 

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