The Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Festival takes place annually on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month (September 10 this year). According to tradition, when the summer-autumn crop is harvested in the 8th lunar month, the weather becomes cooler and the moon is a pretty sight. That’s when locals celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, also called the Full Moon Festival, with people getting together to enjoy the full moon and children playing with colorful lanterns.
During this time, one can see colorful and diverse types of lanterns sold around town, signaling the arrival of the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival.
Traditional lanterns are made from ordinary items such as bamboo, paper, silk, multicolored nylon paper and candles in many shapes such as stars, carps and other animals.