Mid- Autumn Festival

Tet Trung Thu (Mid- Autumn Festival) is one of the most popular festivals in Vietnam.  It is held on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. The festival is considered Tet Trong Trang (moon looking festival) of children. It is a date that the moon is at its fullest and roundest. The traditional food of this festival is the moon- cake.

Children are often eager to welcome this festival because they are usually presented toys, masks, lights, water gun, etc.  Vietnamese families plan their activities to around their children on this special day. Parents would use the Mid-Autumn festival as an opportunity to show their love and appreciation for their children.

Mid-autumn festival is also an opportunity for people to watch the moon and predict crop. If the moon’s color is yellow it means crop season will be abundant, if the moon is green or blue that means this year will have disaster.

During Tet Trung Thu (Mid-Autumn Festival), children carry beautifully ornate lanterns made by their parents. The children often sing and parade on the streets. These lanterns are made in different shapes and sizes like fishes, stars, butterflies and the spinning ones where candles can be inserted.

Traditional dances like the unicorn or lion are often performed. The unicorn is symbol of luck and prosperity for everybody. Ancient Vietnamese sings are sung in Tet Trung Thu. Autumn’s trays often focus on the dog which made by grapefruit with two black eyes peas.

The festival of Tet Trung Thu (Mid-Autumn Festival) is related to the legend of Cuoi, whose wife accidentally urinated on a sacred banyan tree, taking him with it to the Moon. Every year, on the mid-autumn festival, children light lanterns and participate in a procession to show Cuoi the way to Earth.

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