With this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival falling on Sunday, fest goers will have more time and choices for celebrating the holiday in Vietnam.
A series of activities to celebrate the festival, which is observed on the 15th day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar, have been held across the city, offering numerous choices for those who want to join and have fun on the occasion.
For years, the Luong Nhu Hoc Street in District 5 has been considered an iconic destination as the Mid-Autumn Fest lands on the city.
Every night since the beginning of this month, the small street fully packed with shops selling both traditional handmade and electric modern colorful lanterns, has been turned into a pedestrian zone thanks to a large number of visitors who come to buy lanterns and take photos.
The venue, also called “the lantern street,” is considered one of the perfect places for young locals and families to hang out, take pictures and bring home some of the lanterns as well as the festival’s atmosphere.
Visitors are advised to buy lanterns first so that they could take photos without upsetting the shopkeepers.
In previous years, lantern shop owners were unhappy as people would use their lanterns to pose for photos, then returned the broken, damaged products back without buying anything.
The pedestrian zone in the Crescent Lake area in District 7 has also been turned into a walk of lights and lanterns, providing local residents and visitors a spot to relax and feel the coming festival.
In addition, for those who love to share the festive atmosphere with orphans, the SOS Children’s Village in Go Vap District could be a choice with a Mid-Autumn Festival-themed event for the kids.
The event is a chance for the children to have fun and experience the Vietnamese traditional custom, according to the shelter’s managers.
Similar event will also be held in 17 SOS villages across the country on Saturday and Sunday.
Meanwhile, shopping malls in Ho Chi Minh City are exhibiting their festive attitude with a variety of free-of-charge activities to attract and bring joy to customers.
An event titled “The Season for Reunion” will be held at the Cresent Mall in District 7 on Sunday, where gifts and lanterns will be handed to the first children coming. The event will also include lion and dragon dance, quizzes, hip-hop dance, lucky draw, magic performances and other interesting activities.
Also on Sunday, District 7-based SC VivoCity will hold another Mid-Autumn Fest-themed event.
In the meantime, visitors of the Aeon Mall in Tan Phu District will have chance to join to make lanterns, play puzzles, and enjoy music and magic performances there on Sundya.
The venue was decorated with colorful lanterns long before the holiday.
In Vietnam, people celebrate the fest, considered a special occasion for family reunions, by getting together to enjoy mooncakes, the festival’s indispensable treat, over fragrant tea while admiring the full moon.
It is also considered a festival for children, as they can come together and play with colorful lanterns which are typical toys for the occasion.