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Poor kids welcome Mid-Autumn Festival on Book Street
Nguyen Quy
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Poor kids welcome Mid-Autumn Festival on Book Street

Nguyen Quy

A kid is seen decorating a lantern - PHOTOS: HOANG PHONG

More than 800 disadvantaged children from open homes and shelters in the city and neighboring provinces late last week participated in scores of exhilarating activities to welcome the Mid-Autumn Festival on Nguyen Van Binh Book Street in HCMC’s District 1.

The two-day event titled “Trung thu mo uoc” (Mid-Autumn Dreams) was filled with laughter of young kids from low-income families and has heaped praise from not only local residents but also international visitors by humanitarian values and the jubilant atmosphere.

Despite unfavorable weather with heavy rains, hundreds of children had tons of unforgettable memories and wonderful moments to enjoy a huge range of activities such as traditional folk games, lantern decoration, statue painting, drawing and story-telling.

Notably, those kids aged between four and 16 jumped for joy when admiring sparkling lion dance performances, magic shows and music programs.

Those kids attending the two-day event brought home their favorite books donated by bookstores on the book street as a special gift for the Mid-Autumn festival while city dwellers and those from abroad to the event grasped a chance to purchase books with discounts of 10% to 30%.

Children take part in a statute-painting contest

Hoang Minh Phuc, a ten-year-old student from Anh Linh shelter in HCMC’s District 7, explains to the Daily at the event on Saturday that he had an unforgettable experience of celebrating early Mid-Autumn Festival with his peers and teachers on the crowded and busy book street with exciting games and nice gifts, helping him preserve a beautiful memory in his childhood.

Meanwhile, Tran Thi Mai, a 27-year-old teacher from SOS Go Vap Children’s Village in HCMC, says the annual event is really a meaningful social activity to bring joy to unlucky kids on the occasion of the traditional festival and nurture the love of reading among youngsters, adding that more entertainment activities dedicated to underprivileged children will be held in the coming time.    

Organized by the HCMC Book Street Company Limited in partnership with the 24-hour Book Company Ltd, the annual event has received generous support from businesses and organizations, proving efforts of the community to bring sweet smiles for less fortunate kids and contribute to promote the reading culture among children. 

The book street on Nguyen Van Binh road in close proximity to two of HCMC’s landmarks, the Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral, was opened for public viewing in January last year. Since then, the site has become increasingly popular among local youths, students, photographers and foreign tourists, especially bookworms.

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