Tet Trung Thu, or Mid- Autumn Festival honors the coming of The entire moon and is celebrated with round shaped moon cakes given as offerings to the Gods. Tet Trung Thu comes after a year, and this season it is celebrated on September 22. The moon is at its fullest, showering its bright light on the ground. Gentle breezes blow, colored leaves drop from the trees and then dancing to the music of the trendy blowing winds; all this under the evening’s bright skies. ‘ITie scene makes Westerners think of a vacation where children dress in costumes requesting candy with the noise of Trick or Treat’ resounding in the air. The significance of this Mid-Autumn Festival has been changed over time. Initially it was time for farmers to observe the end of the summer harvest. Today the festival is intended mostly for children and usually features unicorn dancing and lantern processions. People today enjoy special cakes created for the event and seasonal fruits, as moon viewing becomes a favorite evening activity.
According to Vietnam Phong tuc’, in a Vietnamese folk tale parents were working so hard to get ready for the harvest which they left the kids playing by themselves. To compensate for time lost, the levelness used the Mid-Autumn Festival as an opportunity to share their love for and appreciation of the kids. This corporate mooncake festival hamper has continued through the present day. Several daw earlier this particular occasion, Vietnamese families plan actions around their kids. Parents buy them so they can take part in a candlelit lantern procession at sunrise.
To have a flavor of the local festival, visitors can come to roads like Hang Ma in Hanoi, Luong Nhu Hoc in District 5, HCMC, and Tran Hung Dao in Hue. Throughout the festival, the roads are usually filled with toys for the event and packed with people shopping, playing and watching.
Ever)’ year once the full moon festival approaches, Hang Ma in Hanoi starts to turn bright red with lanterns, THE liI IDE September 2010 unicorns and dragons hanging out its stores. On the night of the entire moon, the entire street becomes a playground lit with red light beaming out from lanterns of all shapes and sizes. Masks, drums, paper flutes and toys are piled everywhere and kids and adults alike jostle each other as they shop.