The Enchanting Mid-Autumn Festival
The Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Festival, also called 'Tết Trung Thu,' is a joyous event that spreads a radiant and inviting atmosphere throughout the nation. This beloved festivity is rooted in rich traditions and folklore on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. It serves as a moment when the Vietnamese community unites to bask in the enchanting presence of the full moon while also cherishing the virtues of thankfulness, family, and togetherness.
Enjoyable activities during the Mid-Autumn Festival
The exchange and consumption of mooncakes are central to the festival. These round pastries are typically filled with sweet and savory fillings, such as lotus seed paste, mung bean, or salted egg yolks. People often gift mooncakes to family, friends, and business associates as a symbol of unity and good wishes.
Lighting and carrying lanterns is a popular tradition, especially among children. Elaborately decorated lanterns of various shapes and sizes light up the night, creating a colorful and festive atmosphere.
Dragon and Lion Dances
Parades featuring dragon and lion dances are expected during the Mid-Autumn Festival. These performances are believed to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits. Dancers dressed as dragons or lions move in graceful and synchronized patterns, accompanied by the beat of drums and cymbals.
Like other major Chinese festivals, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a time for family reunions. Families gather for a special meal, often featuring traditional dishes like mooncakes, pomelos, and other seasonal foods.
Appreciating the Moon
People often take advantage of the clear autumn night skies to admire the full moon. They may visit parks, gardens, or other open spaces to appreciate the moon's beauty and significance. Some regions even have poetry readings and storytelling sessions under the moonlight.
Traditional games and activities are organized for children, such as dice games, lantern riddles, and the making of colorful paper masks. These activities add to the festive spirit of the occasion.
Giving Sacrifices to the Moon
In some regions, people make offerings to the moon, such as fruits, nuts, and other foods, as a sign of respect and gratitude. This practice is rooted in ancient folklore.
Sharing and Charity
Some communities use the Mid-Autumn Festival as an opportunity to engage in acts of charity and help those in need, emphasizing the values of compassion and generosity.
These customs and traditions vary across different regions and communities but collectively contribute to the vibrant and festive atmosphere of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Rita's Delightful Employee Gifts for the Enchanted Mid-Autumn Festival
Each year, in keeping with a cherished tradition, Rita Company presents mooncakes to all staff to celebrate the full moon's arrival. These perfectly round cakes symbolize a life filled with richness, warmth, and contentment. As a heartfelt gesture of appreciation, Rita Company extends its warmest wishes to all employees for a joyful Mid-Autumn Festival spent in the company of beloved family and friends. This special occasion allows everyone to cast aside their worries, savor mooncakes, marvel at the year's most enchanting moon, and engage in heartfelt conversations. The radiant full moonlight will captivate not only the younger members of your family but also rekindle your cherished memories of a joyful childhood.
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