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Traditional lanterns light up Full Moon Festival

By Nguyen Trung Au

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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.

Lanterns of various shapes are sold around town
Two young ladies choose traditional lanterns made from paper to enjoy the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival
A lantern in the shape of a buffalo is lit with an LED bulb rather than a traditional candle
Cartoon characters and familiar animals are transformed into colorful lanterns
A type of paper lantern
A traditional lantern is inspected before being sold
Star-shaped lanterns are the most common during the Mid-Autumn Festival
Tiny lanterns of various shapes are also popular
A shop sells a wide range of colorful lanterns on Luong Nhu Hoc Street in District 5, HCMC, a.k.a. the full-moon lantern street
Both adults and kids await the upcoming Full Moon Festival
The shapes of lanterns change every year to attract kids
An old man sells lanterns
Two kids buy their favorite lanterns

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