The mid-autumn festival takes place every middle month of August in the lunar calendar. It is also called the reunion festival as this is the time for family members to gather together to have a party under the moonlight. They enjoy moon cake together, adults drink tea, see the moon and sing traditional songs while children have lantern parade, lion dance and sing Mid-autumn songs. They then have a party with candy and fruits which have been prepared by their parents.
A story about the origin of Mid-Autumn Festival
It is said that King Duong Minh Hoang (713 – 741) used to walk around in Ngu Uyen Garden in the middle of August in the lunar calendar. On that night, the moon was so large, full and bright. The sky was beautiful with a pleasant atmosphere. While enjoying the landscape, the king saw La Cong Vien fakir, also known as Diep Phap Thien. This fakir was able to put the king to the moon where the scenery was more beautiful. The king was fascinated about this fairyland with melodious sound, mysterious light and charming fairies dancing in pretty clothes. It’s not until the fakir reminded, that the king realized that morning’s about to come. He came back with regret in his mind. Coming back to his palace, the king asked to create a tune called Khuc Nghe Thuong Vu Y and ordered the people to organize lantern parade and party on mid-autumn in the lunar calendar. At the same time, the king and his wife were enjoying wine while watching a dancing performance. Since then, those activities of lantern parade and having party have become our fork customs.
Grilled cake (Banh Nuong) - the true taste of Mid-autumn.
Also at the Mid-autumn festival, people often made moon cakes which include baked cake and sticky cake and prepare a tray of fruit, enjoy tea or wine and see the moon. Children are prepared with star lights, lanterns for lantern parade and having party.
Meanings of the Mid – Autumn Festival
In Vietnam, the Mid-autumn festival is the occasion for parents and children to gather together, for children to more deeply understand the sacrifice and care of their parents. Thus, this festival contributes to strengthening family love.
Paper lantern - The thing that children like the most at the festival.
At this festival, people often prepare a meal as the offering to their ancestors which contains moon cake, fruit, tea, wine and some dishes to express their gratefulness. Mid – Autumn festival is also a chance for offspring to fulfil their filial duty, to show gratitude to their benefactor. Thus, they buy moon cakes together with good tea or wine as gifts for their parents, grandparents, friends and relatives.
Some compelling picture of the Mid-autumn Festival throughout Vietnam:
Hoian with flower lanterns.
Or the cute one along Hoai River.
Hanoi is also more bright with vivid handicraft products.
They are always decorative for the charm of the festival.
Tuyen Quang City is one of the places done their mid-autumn in the most impressive way.
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