Hanoi begins to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival

The annual Mid-Autumn Festival is being celebrated in Hanoi’s old quarter with exhibition of Mid-Autumn products and toys, folk games, and musical shows.

A children's dance performance in the opening ceremony of the Mid-autumn festival 2009 in Hanoi.

Organized since 2004, it is a part of a project titled “Organizing research into traditional festivals on Hanoi’s ancient quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake’s surrounds,” aimed at preserving and developing cultural characters and honoring the capital’s historical and cultural values.

The festival features an exhibition of Mid-Autumn products and toys, folk games, and musical shows at traditional markets on Hang Ma-Hang Luoc Street and Dong Xuan and the Hang Dao-Dong Xuan and Hang Giay pedestrians-only streets.

On October 3, the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, there will be a lantern parade, lion dances, a feast, and a children’s martial arts performance under the full moon.

Photographs and documents on the Mid-Autumn Festival and instructions for making traditional toys and moon cakes will be displayed at the Heritage House on Ma May Street from September 30 to October 3.

Authorities are encouraging families in Dong Xuan, Hang Dao, and Hang Ma wards to hang lanterns and prepare and serve the feast in front of their houses during the full moon.

The festival, organized by Hoan Kiem District, will go on until October 3.

Source VNA – Translated by Kim Khanh

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