Full-Moon Festival (Tet Trung Thu)
Full-Moon Festival is held on 15th day of the eighth lunar month to celebrate biggest full- moon in the year. In Vietnam, this festival is for children specially and children are center of all activities on that day.
Everything You Need To Know About Mid-Autumn Festival
The Full-Moon Festival is a top significant Vietnamese festival. It is a joyful event with colorful lanterns, scrumptious moon cakes, and ecstatic vibes. In the occasion of Full-Moon Festival, moon cakes are usually used as gifts of people to the others, especially their parents and grandparents. Vietnamese also put moon cakes and variety of fruits on ancestral altar to offer their ancestor. At night, all members of family will gather around a lavish tray of fruits and of course, moon cakes, and savor it together while admiring the full moon.
1. When is festival?
Full-Moon Festival in Vietnam is celebrated in the night of the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, corresponding to mid-September to early October in the western calendar with a full moon at night. However, different to other countries, the Full-Moon Festival in Vietnam is mainly for children.
The 15th of the 8th lunar month is said to be the time of the year when the moon is roundest and brightest. In Oriental cultures, the full moon is the symbol of rejuvenation and rebirth. The locals offer sacrifices to the ancestor and the moon with the hope of a new bountiful harvest and a happy life.
2. Full Moon Festival for kids
Over time Full Moon Festival has come to be known as Children’s Festival. Children were always viewed as purest, closest to the natural world. When the moon is on, the streets are lightened by paper lanterns of different colors. Kids parade down the streets, wearing masks of different characters and holding lanterns in their hands. The night has become much more delightful with the lion dances, the sounds from the drums, the laughter of the kids, and their singing also.
3. Things to do
The preparation of Full Moon Festival in Vietnam starts averagely a month in advance. When the stalls are put up on the big streets’ sidewalks to sell all kinds of mooncake, it’s the first reminder of the festival. City dwellers try to arrange their schedules to go back home or visit their parents. Kids talk about new clothes, toys and lanterns weeks before the day. Streets turn even more colorful than they do during Tet. Organizations make trips to remote areas to give the kids there a fulfilling Mid-Autumn day…. It’s a warm and cozy atmosphere when Vietnamese people turn back to treasure their core values – family bond and deep empathy for others.
4. Eat mooncakes
A huge appeal of Full-Moon Festival that makes Vietnamese people long to see this day to come is the Moon Cake. In Vietnam, there are two types of moon cakes: “banh nuong” – the toasted cake and “banh deo” – the sticky one. “Banh nuong” is the brown toasted flour cake filled with egg, fried onion, pork fat, mung beans, etc. “Banh deo” is the white sticky rice cake filled with a mixture of lotus seeds, mung beans, and pumpkin seeds. Moon cake is in round shape, which is believed to bring along luck, happiness, health, and prosperity.
5. Moon-gaze from Halong Bay
Many travelers use the Mid-Autumn Festival as a chance to spend some low-key time with small groups of family and friends in Halong Bay cruises. Feel free to opt out of the more raucous festivities; instead, you can enjoy the landscape of the bay at night up on the top deck for a late-night onboard as you gaze up at the full moon, relax with romantic ballad music, enjoy drinks from the bar. Moon watching on the festival’s night relates to the legend of Chu Cuoi. The ideas of the folktale started with the shapes of the moon’s craters which, to Vietnamese people, looked like a huge banyan tree.
6. Best Halong Bay Cruises for Full-Moon Festival
Visiting Vietnam in this period, you could see the streets full of décor items for the Moon Festival. Not only kids but adults also feel elated at this event. To enable tourists to have more chances to attend such this event, many Halong Bay tour operators have celebrated this festival during their trips, and overnight Halong Bay Cruise is not an exception. Immersing yourself in the cheery vibe of this special Vietnamese festival is definitely a great way to get exposed to the culture of this S-shaped land and Do not miss the chance to taste the sweet, delicious Vietnamese mooncakes.
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