The Mid-Autumn Festival, or “Tet Trung Thu” to the Vietnamese is one of the biggest holidays on their calendar. Traditionally held on the 15th day of the 8th Lunar Month. This year, the date fell on Friday the 13th of September. The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the two most popular festivals in Vietnam.
The Vietnamese festival should not be confused with the Chinese one. Although they are similar concepts, they celebrate in slightly different ways.
The Vietnamese festival includes:
*Lion dances and Dragon boat racing.
*Story telling of the moon man and the lady.
*Making and eating moon cake.
*Making and parading lanterns.
Every year my good friend Hoa and some of her companions dedicate their time to the local children of the area, she and her helpers make moon cakes and lanterns out of recycled materials, buy gifts, organize activities and host the festival for all of the children in the surrounding area.
This year was no different and the children and parents had a blast!
I was lucky enough to be invited once again to participate and here are my photos.