Vietnamese people celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival on the full moon day of the 8th lunar month. On this occasion people make offerings to the family and presents the bread to the moon.
During the Mid-Autumn Festival, adults drink wine, enjoy the moon, and sing drums; Children pick up lights, go to see the lion dance, sing Mid-Autumn songs, and enjoy the candy and fruit presented by their parents outside the yard during the Mid-Autumn Festival in the form of a raffle. According to custom, children’s enjoy fruit candy on this Mid-Autumn night is called “breaking the boat.”
Source of Mid-Autumn Festival
The ancient story that King Minh Hoang (713-741 Tay) is walking the Ngu Uyen garden on the eighth lunar month of the lunar calendar.
On Mid-Autumn, the moon is very round and clear. It’s really beautiful and cool air. The king is enjoying the beautiful scene, meeting with the Taoist La Cong Vien also known as Diep Phap Thien. The Taoist can take the king to the moon.
There, more beautiful scenery. The king happily enjoy the scene and melodious with the sound of magic light and the fairies in the beautiful color of fresh dancing and singing.
In that great moment the king forgot the sun in the morning. The monk must remind, the king came out but his heart was still in his heart.
Going to the royal palace, the King also had trouble making the scene so that he had to prepare the Vu Quoc Vu and every night on the eighth of August ordered the people to organize the procession and celebrate the celebration while the king with Duong Qui Phi drinking wine under the moon watching the dancers singing to celebrate his magic duel.
Since then, the organization of lanterns and parties on the full moon day in August has become a custom of the people.
It is also said that the Hang ceremony on the full moon day of the eighth lunar month is attributed to the birthday of King Minh Hoang. Since the full moon day of August is the birthday of Emperor Qingsang, the Tang court ordered the people around the country to hang lights and celebrate the feast.
Since then, the hanging lamp on the full moon day in August became a custom. The Chinese and Vietnamese make moon cakes to worship, eat, give gifts to relatives, and treat guests. Chinese and Vietnamese people held the lantern during the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Meaning Mid-Autumn Festival
Mid-Autumn Festival of the Vietnamese have many other special features with the Mid-Autumn Festival of the Chinese.
According to the Vietnamese custom, the parents give the children to celebrate the moon, buy and do all the candlelight candles to hang in the house and leave the procession.
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival including moon cake, candy, sugarcane, grapefruit, and other fruits. This is an opportunity for children to understand the care of their parents in a specific way. Therefore, family love is more attached.
Also on this occasion, people buy moon cakes, tea, wine to worship their ancestors, grandparents, parents, teachers, friends, relatives, and other benefactors.
It is a good opportunity for the children to show their gratitude to their parents and to show their care to each other.
Chinese people or lion dance organization during the Lunar New Year. Vietnamese people especially organize lion dance or lion dance during the Mid-Autumn Festival.
The Unicorn represents a good omen. The Chinese do not have these customs.
In the past, the Vietnamese also organized the singing of Drums during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Trống quân singing in the rhythm of the three “tinh, barrel, thinh.”
In the past, the girls sang the drum song to sing on the full moon night, especially on the full moon in August.
Boys and girls singing together to both fun and picky you hundred years. People use the poem to write poetry or green bowl to sing.
New Year’s Eve is the Tet holiday of adults to enjoy the beautiful nature, eat cake, and drink tea to watch the full moon in mid-Autumn. Gradually, the Mid-Autumn Festival becomes Tet, but adults also participate in it.
They have the opportunity to play the procession, singing, breaking the boat by his parents and especially the opportunity to eat candy drop door without fear of being scolded.
Mid-Autumn Festival is a very meaningful custom. That is the meaning of caring, of filial piety, of gratitude, of friendship, of reunion, and of love.