The meanings of Mid Autumn Festival in Vietnam

If you are interested in Vietnam Tours and Holiday Packages, you must have an idea of The Mid Autumn Festival in Vietnam. It is always celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month in lunar calendar. The festival is seen as the second most important traditional festival in Vietnam, just after Vietnam Lunar New Year Festival. As the festival is a traditional festival in almost Asian countries, there are several names to call it.

mid autumn festival

For example, some countries call it Moon Festival because the festival is held at the same time as the full moon time, as well as to maintain the traditions of worshipping and gazing at the moon. Sometimes, people name it Moon Cake Festival as in this festival eating Moon Cake is the most popular tradition. Reunion Festival is another popular name of this festival. In Vietnam, the name of Children’s Festival is also used widely to express the celebration for Vietnamese children.

trung thu holiday with kids

There are three main fundamental meanings of the festival. First, Gathering – this is one of the Vietnam festivals held at the time for family and friend to reunite or harvest crops. Second, Thanksgiving – people celebrate this festival to express their great thanks for the good harvest, or harmonious unions. Third, Praying – this reflects the wishes of conceptual or material satisfaction.

play with latterns in moon festival

It is said that originally, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a chance for parents to make up for lost time with their children after harvest season which was usually done by September, (Mid August in the Lunar calendar) and the parents were anxious to spend time with their children and do something special with them, as well as celebrate the harvest, after spending much time working hard and away from the family. It was held under the full moon, which represents fullness and prosperity of life.

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