August 11, 2020
Vietnamese Culture

The Mid – Autumn festival in Vietnam

The Mid – Autumn festival in Vietnam

There are many festivals in Vietnam every year. Beside The Tet Holiday ( Lunar New Year), The Mid – autumn festival is one of the most famous festival and it is also considered as a Vietnamese Children’s day.

When will Mid – autumn festival be?

The Mid – autumn festival is celebrated on the 15th day of 8th Lunar Month. Normally, it is  in between September with October and the moon is  the most roundest and brightest on that day of the year.

What will people do on Mid – autumn festival?

This festival is a chance for member of family to visit and share together everything in the passing of half year. Thus, it is also called as “ Tet Doan Vien” – Family Union Holiday and “ Trung Thu” is the name of this festival in Vietnamese.

If American children get excited when Halloween comes. Vietnamese children are same excitement for the Mid – Autumn festival. On that day, the children bring their colorful lantern, light it up and gather with their neighbor’s kids to walk around the village and play folks games while the old generations enjoy the moon cake with tea and watching their descendants having fun under the shining golden moon. In Vietnamese legend, people  believe that Chi Hang ( The Moon Lady ) & Chu Cuoi ( The Moon Man) – a local version like Santa Claus, who are living in the Moon will bring fun and happiness to children as well.

A combo moon cake with tea is an integral part in the Mid – Autumn festival

Moon cake is a special food and only is eaten in this festival. It is made from meet, egg yolk, flavor, mashed dried fruits, pumpkin or lotus seed and peanut. Moon cake is a symbol of luck, happiness, health and wealth on this festival. It is a must try if you have chance to visit Vietnam during the Mid – Autumn festival.

Where can you enjoy the Mid – Autumn festival in Vietnam?

+ Mid – Autumn festival in Hoi An

Hoi An is always beautiful with lantern especial on this festival. People will shut down the electricity and light up the lanterns. Whole town will transform into a magical flicker of candles, multi-colourful lanterns and lively gathering.

Colourful lanterns in Hoi An

+ Luong Nhu Hoc Lantern street in Ho Chi Minh

It is located in China town, district 5. The street is very popular in this festival. A lot of colourful lanterns with many types and shapes surround you on the both sides of alley.

A girl on Luong Nhu Hoc lantern street

Hope this post can help you to plan your celebrations Mid – Autumn festival in Vietnam if your travel trip is falling same time.

Happy Mid – Autumn festival to all kids in Vietnam and those who used to be kids