Definitely a time for celebration of the family. Parents make colorful costumes for the children and help the children make colorful lanterns in shapes such as fishes and butterflies to carry as they parade through the streets singing for all who will listen. This allows the parents a joyful time to teach their children about their culture and traditions.
There is plenty of food, moon gazing, games and connection with family and friends. Over the years the celebration has become a celebration for fertility. Prayers are offered for bountiful harvests, livestock, children and love.
A special treat for “Tết Trung Thu” is the moon cake. Banh Trung Thu or Moon Cakes, are traditionally very rich in taste and filled with lotus seeds, ground beans and orange peels and a bright yellow ‘yoke’ in the center to represent the moon.Another important part of this festival is the lion dance. Lion dance groups, both professional and non-professional, perform on the streets, asking for permission to perform for the crowds. When someone consents, the “lion” will start dancing as a blessing of luck and fortune for the audience. In return, the audience gives lucky money to the “lion” to show their gratitude. The streets become alive with the sound of drums, as dozens of decorative lions roam about providing a feast for photographers.
Here are some of the favorite blessings of the Mid-Autumn Festival that we would like to share with you:
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