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Celebrate the full moon Festival in Vietnamese culture

Celebrate the full moon Festival in Vietnamese culture

What is the Vietnamese Mid Fall Festival:

Mid autumn festival Viet Nam
Mid autumn festival Viet Nam

 

Vietnam is the country with many beautiful festivals. Besides the
Tet Holiday, the Mid-Autumn festival is one of the most famous
festivals. Mid fall festival usually takes place on the 15th day of
the 8th in lunar calendar. Mid-Autumn is the day when the moon is
at its brightest in a year. In that spirit, people worship the Moon
Gooddess. It is a traditional celebration for Vietnamese children
because rice is harvested before the 15th day of the 8th lunar
month (mid-autumn) in Vietnam. Each household then offers
sacrifices to the God of Earth. While occupied with
harvesting parents do not have much time to take care of their
children; therefore, they make full use of the festival holiday to
play with their children.  therefore, they make full use of the festival holiday to play with their children.
Usually, a worshiping platform is set up in the yard during the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival, on which mooncakes, fruit, and snacks are laid. Later, family members sit together to eat the food while appreciating the moon.

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How Do the Vietnamese Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival?

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 ….
Eating Moon cakes
Today, there are many aisles selling “banh trung thu” or moon
cakes on all over Vietnam’s streets. These cakes are made with
lotus seeds, green beans, and an egg yolk, though there are other
varieties of favors. Moon cakes are essential in each family parties
or meals on Tet Trung Thu. It’s a symbol of family reunion.

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The cake is traditionally cut into pieces that equal the number of
people in the family. Eating mooncakes is the most common and
representative tradition of the day. In ordinary times, people won't
buy or eat mooncakes but during the Mid-Autumn Festival
everyone will have a mooncake to celebrate. Nowadays, they try to
create many shapes and favors.

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Lantern parade

Mid autumn festival Viet Nam

If you traveled back to the past few centuries ago on Mid Fall
festival day of every Lunar August, you would find yourself lost in
the paradise of light and color thanks to the traditional lanterns
hanging on every corner of the street. They are made of bamboo,
color paper or cellophane. The shapes can vary from the stars,
peach to animals (crab, fish, etc.) or even fairy tale figures, which
are the things that all children fancy. On the full day under the
moonlight, the children will hold these colorful lanterns to go
around the neighborhood. They sing, play and laugh together. It is
an amazing childhood we all kept when we were young.
Nowadays, despite of the popularity of motor- lanterns with auto
lights and sound, many still prefer traditional ones. They are not
only the toys but also the special gifts for friends or tourists to
remind them of full moon festival memory.

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Lion Dancing

Mid autumn festival Viet Nam

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 numbers 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 traditions have been changed by
the modern life, 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.