Vietnam amongst 5 greatest Asian nations to have fun Mid-Autumn Competition

Vietnam among 5 best Asian countries to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival

A child watches colourful lanterns on sale for the Mid-Autumn Competition on Luong Nhu Hoc Road in Ho Chi Minh’s Chinatown, 2020. Picture by VnExpress/Quynh Tran

Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Publish lists Vietnam as one among 5 greatest nations in Asia (excluding China) to have fun the Mid-Autumn Competition.

“For the Vietnamese, Tet Trung Thu (Mid-Autumn Competition) is a time to spend with family members after a season of exhausting work, and households welcome the pageant by inserting trays of fruit and muffins on their ancestral altars and consuming mooncakes,” it notes.

The Mid-Autumn Competition is widely known on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month and it falls on September 10 this yr.

Baked mooncake and sticky rice mooncake are typical delicacies in Vietnam, which displays a heavy Chinese language affect. They’ve a spherical or rectangular form which embodies sky and earth collectively – a logo of affluence and wholeness.

Baked mooncakes have a golden hue, whereas sticky rice mooncakes have an ivory-like white colour – every carries its distinctive flavors.

Whereas the Chinese language carry out the dragon dance throughout this pageant, the Vietnamese have their unicorn dance and lion dance, which invite luck, wealth and prosperity.

“On the night time of the total moon, a male dancer sporting a spherical happy-faced masks parades the streets, bringing individuals pleasure along with his comical gestures.

“The masks is meant to embody Ong Dia, the God of the Earth who symbolizes prosperity and who serves as a reminder to the individuals to be glad about the land’s harvests,” SCMP stated.

Weeks earlier than the pageant, a number of streets and Chinatown areas in Vietnam are lit with colourful lanterns.

The opposite 4 nations on the SCMP record are South Korea, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand.