How vietnamese celebrate mid


In Vietnam, the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Full Moon Festival or đầu năm mới Trung Thu, is an occasion for a children’s night out & family reunions. Children enjoy art performances like singing, plays and lion dances, light up the night with colorful lanterns & enjoy mooncakes.

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A long-standing traditional festival that showcases Vietnam’s undeniable charm takes place when nature is at its breathtaking best.

For thousands of years, the Mid-Autumn Festival has been an occasion for family reunions & a children’s night out. It dates back to lớn the Wet Rice Civilization of the Red River Delta over 4,000 years ago.

Back then, rice was harvested before the 15thday of the 8thlunar month. The festival falls on the full moon night of Lunar August, the most beautiful night of the year, when the moon is perfectly round & bright, and shines a magical golden hue.

The sự kiện takes place in the middle of the eighth lunar month. In 2022, the festival falls on September 10th. For the upcoming year, please find below in the article. Now, let's see more detail & prepare for it.

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Many people say that Vietnam’s Mid-Autumn Festival originated from trung quốc but in fact when going into anecdotes, Vietnamese and Chinese people have different origins of the Mid-Autumn Festival.

According lớn the legend of China,the early form of the Mid-Autumn Festival was derived from the custom of moon worship during the Zhou Dynasty over 3,000 years ago.

In ancient China, most emperors worshiped the moon annually. Then the custom was accepted by the masses and became more và more popular over time.

The Mid-Autumn Festival in Vietnam dates back to ancient times when this sự kiện was printed on the surface of the Ngoc Lu bronze drum. According to the stele of Doi Pagoda in 1121, from the Ly dynasty, the Mid-Autumn Festival was officially held in the capital đô thị of Thang Long with boat racing, water puppet and light procession festivals. In the Le – Trinh dynasty, the Mid-Autumn Festival was held extremely lavishly in the Lord's palace.

The Mid-Autumn Festival originated from agricultural civilization of the Vietnamese people. At this time, the air is cool, the crops are waiting to lớn be harvested; therefore, people hold the festival và celebrated this important day.


Our best-known tale is about a man named Cuội who hung on to lớn a magical banyan tree as it floated up lớn the moon. We say that if you look closely at the full moon, you can see the shadow of a man sitting under a tree. Children parade lanterns in the streets the night of Mid-autumn Festival lớn help light the way lớn earth for Cuội from the moon.

The celebration of the harvest is an important part of tết Trung Thu, as many Vietnamese live in rural areas & work as farmers. Tết Trung Thu marks a joyous occasion when the work is finished and there’s time lớn spend with loved ones.

Traditionally, all members of a family would gather around a lavish tray of fruits along with moon cakes, & savor them together while admiring the full moon.

Adults would tell kids the story of Hang Nga – the beautiful daughter of the Jade Empire và Cuoi. Children would enjoy art performances including singing, plays & lion dances và then light up the night with colorful lanterns held in their little hands.

While the Chinese perform the long dance during this festival, the Vietnamese go for the quality unicorn dance or lion dance, which symbolizes luck, wealth & prosperity.

While children find joy playing under the full moon, adults enjoy a long-awaited family reunion, with loved ones who work far from trang chủ who take the trouble khổng lồ get back for the festival.

Despite it is not being an official holiday in Vietnam, most people would spend time with their loved ones recalling events of bygone days. Above everything, the Mid-Autumn Festival has always been about one fundamental thing: love.


In the old days, occupied with the harvesting season, parents did not have much time khổng lồ take care of their children. Therefore, when the autumn approached, marking an abundant crop, they would make full use of the Mid-Autumn Festival to lớn spend time with the kids. Children are the happiest ones at this time because parents prepare various types of lanterns, mooncakes as well as masks as presents.

Moon cakes, sweet & flavorful, have been an inseparable part of the festival, and become a symbol of close family ties. It is a long-standing tradition that people gift moon cakes during this festival, especially to parents và grandparents.

In modern times, gifting the moon cake to employees during the Mid-Autumn Festival carries great meaning. It embodies the bonds between the management cadre và their colleagues, a way for the former khổng lồ express their gratitude to the latter. Most businesses, therefore, would select moon cakes made by a prestigious brand that represents high quality and attractive packaging.


In the weeks before đầu năm Trung Thu, you will see và hear groups of lion dancers practicing on the streets. Mooncake stalls appear on every other corner, pop-ups with elaborately decorated boxes filled with a variety of mystery cakes & fillings.

City districts team up with preparations of toys, lanterns và colourful masks in anticipation. The most popular Trung Thu lantern is a star made with red cellophane. You will see these lanterns for sale on streets all over Vietnam in the days leading up to lớn the festival.


Worshiping the God of Earth

Usually, a worshiping platform is mix up in the yard during the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival, on which mooncakes, fruit, & snacks are laid. Later, family members sit together to eat the food while appreciating the moon.

The platform is not taken down until midnight, when the food has been completely eaten. Most families also phối up a special platform for children, so that they can enjoy food at any time during the evening.


Mooncake madness

All across Vietnam, families welcome đầu năm Trung Thu by placing a five-fruit tray & cakes on our ancestral altar. Peopleoffer the food lớn theirancestors & worship, before feasting on mooncakes - usually outside under the light of the moon. Round or square, these cakes are molded with elaborate details of flowers, carp, and geometric patterns.

The two most common types are bánh dẻo (soft, sticky cakes with a mochi-texture) and bánh nướng (baked cakes with a thick wheat crust). Mooncakes in Vietnam come in a seemingly infinite variety of flavours, both sweet and savoury. Feel không tính tiền to buy a box of mooncakes khổng lồ enjoy yourself, or to share with your Vietnamese friends & hosts.


Carrying Carp-Shaped Lanterns

It is also a tradition for the Vietnamese khổng lồ light lanterns during the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival. A legend states that a carp spirit once killed many people during the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival, so that no household dared khổng lồ go outside during that night.

Later, a wise man thought of an idea: he made a carp-shaped lantern with a stick in its belly, and then advised people to walk at night holding a carp-shape lantern. The carp spirit was terrified by the light from these lanterns & has not dared khổng lồ go out to kill anyone during the Mid-Autumn Festival since then.

Nowadays, children hold various kinds of paper lanterns & play in the moonlight, while eating mooncakes during the evening of the Mid-Autumn Festival.


Watching the Lion Dance Parade

At night, groups of children parade through the streets, going from door to door and asking the owners for their permission khổng lồ perform the lion dance. If it is agreed then the children will put on a show, which is believed to bring luck và fortune. Afterwards, the owners will give the children 'lucky' money for their gratitude.

These lion dances are fascinating, & 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.


Below you will see the some of the best places to join the mid-autumn festivals in some big cities of Vietnam


Normally, there are 2 good places khổng lồ admire the moon festival in Hanoi.

Thang Long Imperial Citadel

"Festive Drums of Autumn Moon" featuring images of drums of all shapes, sizes & colors arranged and displayed to remind visitors of the festive ambiance of the Vietnamese countryside will be held until Friday at the citadel, 19C Hoang Dieu Street, cha Dinh District, khổng lồ celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Children can try their hand at making mooncakes, papermasks, kites, statuettes and sketches, matching pictures, và kneading dough figurines. They can also play various games.


The Old Quarter

More 10 days before the festival, the authorities will banvehicles from certain streets in Hanoi's Old Quarter for the festival preparations và celebrations. They are not allowed to enter Hang Luoc, Hang Ruoi and Hang Chai streets và sections of Hang Ma và Hang Khoai streets from 7 a.m. Lớn 10 p.m.

At the Kim Ngan Temple in Hang Bac Street, artisans will teach audiences how to make traditional toys including star lanterns, paper kites & terracotta figurines until the main events of the festival.

The Hanoi Ancient House at 87 Ma May Street will exhibit a photo collection of the Mid-Autumn Festival of Hanoi in the 20thcentury.

At the Cultural Exchange Center at 50 Dao trùng tu Street, visitors will be taught traditional crafts like mask and bamboo light drawing, postcard making and painting on paper made from the bark of trees.

The Phung Hung fresco street has been attracting youths who come khổng lồ take selfies among the hundreds of illuminated lanterns lined up there, which turn it into a miniature version of Shifen old town in Taiwan.

On the evening of the main date the pedestrians-only zone around Hoan Kiem Lake will see several traditional and contemporary activities to lớn celebrate the festival.


Hội An

Hoi An’s compact old quarter comes alive during Mid-Autumn Festival with folk games on the streets và floating lanterns on the river running through the town, making for a magical atmosphere. In the weeks leading up to the festival, Hoi An’s streets, especially those near markets, are filled with moon cakes, lanterns, lion costumes và toys.

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The sound of drumbeats fills the air as groups of lion dancers engage in mock dance battles in a contest of skills, involving the coordinated efforts of up lớn a dozen people performing a mixture of rhythmic dance và acrobatics. Sometimes, fireworks are even included, spewing sparks from the lion’s mouth.


Ho bỏ ra Minh City

Here are some places to lớn admire mid-autumne festival in Ho bỏ ra Minh city

Phu Binh lantern-making village

This is one of the few villages in the thành phố that still make glass paper lanterns for the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Situated in a small alley off Lac Long quan tiền Street in District 11, the lantern-making village was formed in the mid-1950s when artisans from the renowned craft village of Bac teo in northern phái nam Dinh Province migrated to Saigon & brought their lantern-making skills. It has survived for more than half a century.

When the festival nears, dozens of families in this village are busy completing the last orders from the market.

Take a stroll around và see the red of the paper lanterns filling up the place and the bustling atmosphere as family members gather at a corner in front of their houses, decorating lanterns in various shapes & colors.


The lantern corner in Chinatown

Stretching along Luong Nhu Hoc và Nguyen An streets of District 5 this is the largest lantern market in Ho bỏ ra Minh thành phố during the Mid-Autumn Festival, with almost every house and sidewalk turning into lantern shops.

The market, which was established in the 1960s, is well known for its artisans who make traditional lanterns from scarlet glass paper, considered as a special cultural trait of the Chinese community.Take a walk alongside a bewildering range of lanterns in various sizes, shapes & colors, and treat yourself to lớn specialty foods made by the local Chinese.


Nguyen Hue pedestrian street

There will be a lantern parade and art performances on this busy street on the day of the main events, & it will be very crowded.

Nguyen Hue, which runs up khổng lồ the Saigon River, in District 1 has been receiving thousands of visitors every day since its center strip became a pedestrians-only zone since 2015. It gets particularly crowded during weekends và holidays.

Though the similar purpose & meaning, distinctive Moon Festival celebrations across Asia add up lớn the diversity of humanity as a whole.


Japan has two moon festivals every year, following lunar calendar. Zyuyoga is associated with the traditional customs of "Otsukimi" (meaning watching the moon on the full moon day in autumn). For the people in the land of the rising sun, the festival is the time for them lớn honor the moon in the fall, the only time the moon is at its fullest.

In the Otsukimi festival, the Japanese often make Dango, a type of rice dumplings (mochiko). It is quite similar to lớn mochi and is served with tea.

On the 15thday of the eighth lunar month, the Japanese personally hand set flour with water, pound it to create that structure-builder before proceeds to baking.


Dango cake is presented with a Susuki grass vase during moon festivals. Also known as tail flower, susuki is a perennial tall grass that blossoms in the autumn. The moon watching ritual cannot be done without dango cake.

The legend of Dango cake is traditionally passed on from one generation khổng lồ the next on the full moon day of the 8thlunar month.

When the Jade Emperor descended from Heaven lớn Earth, he accidentally encountered a rabbit. The Jade Emperor was too hungry & asked for food, but the rabbit had nothing to give him. The bunny ended up jumping into the fire to become food for the Jade Emperor.

Touched by the generous act, the Jade Emperor brought the animal lớn the moon. From then on, on every full moon day of the eighth lunar month, the rabbit would make Dango cake on the moon & give to people on Earth.


South Korea

Moon Festival is not simply a celebration of full moon in South Korea. Chuseok festival, which literally means “Autumn Eve”, is also referred to lớn as Korean Thanksgiving. This is the time when all family members reunite under one roof.

The harvest festival is considered one of the biggest và most important holidays in South Korea. It falls on August 15thin the lunar calenda. Traditionally, the whole family cooks together & enjoys traditional dishes like songpyeon (crescent-shaped rice cake), and sindoju wine (made with new crop rice on Chuseok).


On Chuseok, Koreans mold flours into crescent shapes. Instead of making a round cake that symbolizes full moon, Koreans believe that because crescent always becomes full moon, the shape symbolizes fertility, prosperity and happiness. After the flour is crescent molded, green beans are inserted as stuffing. The final stage involves steaming the dough with some fresh pine leaves.

Korean songpyeon comes with many colors. Apart from the typical trắng songpyeon, pink rice cakes get their màu sắc from strawberry, while dark green cakes from wormwood leaves, và yellow from pumpkin.

According lớn the legend, single women who can make beautifully shaped & delicious rice cakes will meet a compatible life partner, while married women will be blessed with wonderful offsprings.


North Korea

Also known as Autumn Night festival, the special occasion for North Koreans is also watching the full moon together. North Korea’s traditional sweet treat is crescent-shaped muffins made of rice flour. The stuffing varies, which can be green beans, jam, or apples. Alike other cultures that celebrate Moon Festival, North Koreans also gift one another moon cakes.


The people of the land of golden temples celebrate Moon Festival with a lot of lanterns. They gather in traditional costumes và release the sky lights up in unison, as a way khổng lồ pray for good wishes.

On the moon festival tray of tributes to lớn the ancestors, bầu people always have pomelo fruit, which symbolizes reunion. Most bầu houses traditionally install an altar. Above the altar, a peach and moon cakes are placed.

By offering the peach, bầu people believe that after the Bodhisattva of Compassion receives the peach, the Gods will bless them with good things in life. That is why moon cakes in xứ sở của những nụ cười thân thiện thái lan are peach-shaped.Today, one of the most popular moon cakes in the country is the grilled moon cake with durian and salted egg stuffing, signifying the full moon.

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Many festivals revolving around a full moon are also celebrated in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, và India. Lượt thích the Mid-Autumn Festival, these festivals have Buddhist origins & revolve around the full moon; however unlike their East Asian counterparts they occur several times a year lớn correspond with each full moon as opposed khổng lồ one day each year. The festivals that occur in the lunar months of Ashvini và Kṛttikā generally occur during the Mid-Autumn Festival


In Cambodia, it is more commonly called "The Water & Moon Festival" Bon Om Touk. The Water & Moon festival is celebrated in November of every year. It is a three-day celebration, starting with the boat race that last the first two days of the festival.

The boat races are colorfully painted with bright colors and is in various designs being most popular the neak, Cambodian sea dragon. Hundreds of Cambodian males take part in rowing the boats and racing them at the Tonle Sap River.

When night falls the streets are filled with people buying food and attending various concerts. In the evening is the Sampeas Preah Khe: the salutation to lớn the moon or prayers khổng lồ the moon.

The Cambodian people mix an array of offerings that are popular with rabbits, such and various fruits & a traditional dish called Ak Ambok in front of their homes with lit incenses to make wishes to lớn the moon.

Cambodians believe the legend Cheadok, where a rabbit lives in the moon và watches over the Cambodian people. At midnight everyone goes up to lớn the temple to pray và make wishes and enjoy their Ak Ambok together.


Cambodians would also make homemade lanterns that are usually made into the shape of the lotus flowers or other more modern designs.

Incense và candles light up the lanterns & Cambodians make prayers & then send if off into the river for their wishes & prayers lớn be heard và granted.

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In Laos, many festivals are held on the day of the full moon. The most popular festival known as the That Luang Festival is associated with Buddhist legend and is held at trộn That Luang temple in Vientiane. The festival often lasts for three to seven days. A procession occurs & many people visit the temple.

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In Myanmar, numerous festivals are held on the day of the full moon; however Thadingyut Festival is the most popular one và occurs in the month of Thadingyut. It also occurs around the time of the Mid-Autumn Festival, depending on the lunar calendar.

It is one of the biggest festivals in Myanmar after the New Year festival, Thingyan. It is a Buddhist festival và many people go to the temple khổng lồ pay respect lớn the monks & offer food. It is also a time for thanksgiving & paying homage khổng lồ Buddhist monks, teachers, parents and elders.

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Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, a full moon day is known as Poya và each full moon day is a public holiday. Shops & businesses are closed on these days as people prepare for the full moon. Exteriors of buildings are adorned with lanterns and people often make food and go to lớn the temple khổng lồ listen khổng lồ sermons.

The Binara Full Moon Poya Day & Vap Full Moon Poya Day occur around the time of the Mid-Autumn Festival and like other Buddhist Asian countries, the festivals celebrate the ascendance and culmination of the Buddha's visit khổng lồ heaven and for the latter, the acknowledgement of the cultivation season known as "Maha".



Onam is an annual Harvest festival in the state of Kerala in India. It falls on the 22ndnakshatra Thiruvonam in the Malayalam calendar month of Chingam, which in Gregorian calendar overlaps with August–September. According to legends, the festival is celebrated to lớn commemorate King Mahabali, whose spirit is said khổng lồ visit Kerala at the time of Onam.

Onam is a major annual sự kiện for Malayali people in & outside Kerala. It is a harvest festival, one of three major annual Hindu celebrations along with Vishu & Thiruvathira, and it is observed with numerous festivities. Onam celebrations include Vallam Kali (boat races), Pulikali (tiger dances), Pookkalam (flower Rangoli), Onathappan (worship), Onam Kali, Tug of War, Thumbi Thullal (women's dance), Kummattikali (mask dance), Onathallu (martial arts), Onavillu (music), Kazhchakkula (plantain offerings), Onapottan (costumes), Atthachamayam (folk songs & dance), và other celebrations.


Onam is the official state festival of Kerala with public holidays that start four days from Uthradom (Onam eve). Major festivities take place across 30 venues in Thiruvananthapuram, capital of Kerala. It is also celebrated by Malayali diaspora around the world. Though a Hindu festival, non-Hindu communities of Kerala participate in Onam celebrations considering it as a cultural festival.

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Sharad Purnima is a harvest festival celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin (September–October), marking the end of the monsoon season.