MID-AUTUMN MOON FESTIVAL
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.
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VHC Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, 2016
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 celebrates the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival at Thomas Paine Park in downtown NYC. 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.