MID-AUTUMN MOON FESTIVAL
VHC CELEBRATEd Tết Trung Thu ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 FROM 2 - 5 PM
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Grace Church School
86 4th Avenue, Auditorium
New York, New York 10003
Known as Tết Trung Thu in Vietnamese, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival celebrates the fall harvest, full moon, and well-being of friends and family.
VHC Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, 2018
The Vietnam Heritage Center would like to thank the following volunteers and organizations for supporting this event:
Program Director: Vy Vy Huynh
Event Coordinators: My Vu, George Henik
Social Media Coordinator: Trang Tran
Welcome Table: Quynh Dang, Uyen Nguyen
Activities/Food Coordinator: George Henik
Face Painting Coordinator: Dat Nguyen
Paper Lantern Making: Binh-Minh Lai
Chú Cuội Performance: Vy Diep, Binh-Minh Lai, Tony Nguyen, Vivian So
VSA Coordinator: Karolyn Le, for Hunter College, Baruch College, and NE-UVSA
Decorations Coordinator: Dung Mai, Duc Phung
VHC Pretty Dance Girls: Karolyn Le, Thu Le, Binh-Minh Lai, Becca Nguyen, Uyen Nguyen, Thuy Pham, Marisan Yu
Photographer: Tony Falcone (http://tonyfalconephoto.com)
Sound Coordinator: Olivier Rhee
Guitarist: Dung Mai
Tết Trung Thu Flyer Design: Dat Nguyen
Grace Church School Administrators Tia Biasi and Katherine Serrano; THÁI SƠN, VIETSPOT; Joyce Chan, Cambao Duong, Jian Ting Gao, Ben Le, Kody Liang, Dan Lien, Vivian Luu, Yasmine Lo, Steven Myint, Alex Thinh Nguyen, Robert Nguyen, Tam Nguyen, Vy Ha Nguyen, Khanh Pham, Dao Phan, Tam Phuong, Stephanie Tam, Jessica Tang, Le Ba Tiep, Ly Tran, Mai Tran, Ha Truong, Jack Wang, Theresa Vu, Hui Min Zhuo
Special thanks to CƠM TẤM NINH KIỀU for providing summer rolls and sandwiches at our event. They are Zagat rated! Thanks also to THÀI SƠN for donating a $200 gift certificate every year.
About The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, called Tết Trung Thu in Vietnamese, is celebrated in the fall during the full moon. It was originally held to give thanks for the harvest and to pray for good luck and prosperity in the coming year. During the festival, towns and cities in Vietnam are lit up with the soft glow of lanterns and elaborate floats parading down the streets, along with traditional lion dances and re-tellings of the legend of Chú Cuội. Moon cakes of many varieties are distributed as gifts to family and friends to signify togetherness and good will. Tết Trung Thu also has a special emphasis on children, who are believed by the Vietnamese to have the strongest connection to the sacred and natural worlds in their purity and innocence.
HOW VHC CELEBRATES
The Vietnam Heritage Center has celebrated the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival at Thomas Paine Park in downtown NYC since 2014. In 2017, we had the opportunity to celebrate indoors near Union Square. We offer family-friendly cultural activities, traditional foods and performances. We also have a lantern-making activity where participants can create their own lanterns and walk in the lantern parade afterwards.
VHC Mid-Autumn Festival, 2017