Mid-Autumn Festival gets into full swing

Mid-Autumn Festival is not only a fun time for children.

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Tourist trail: Hang Ma Street is a tourist destination in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. — VNS Photo Truong Vi

The spirit is buzzing along Hang Ma Street in the capital, which is famous for selling traditional toys. Families there now supply toys for both Vietnamese and overseas customers.

The colourful street is busy at the moment with locals and tourists eager to be part of the traditional festival.

Other festive activities have also been held within the Old Quarter, including artisan-led workshops on how to make traditional toys such as star-shaped lanterns and to he (figurines made from glutinous rice powder), which take place at Kim Ngan Communal House at 42-44 Hang Bac Street.
Traditional games and musical performances will be held at the mural on Phung Hung Street this weekend.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of Vietnam’s biggest celebrations. It is also known as the children’s festival because of its emphasis on creating fun experiences for kids. It is held on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month (September 24 this year).

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School trip: A class of primary pupils visit the street. — VNS Photo Truong Vi
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Decisions: Various kinds of toys are sold at the site. — VNS Photo Truong Vi
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Old and new: Traditional and modern toys are available. — VNS Photo Truong Vi
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Masquerade: Traditional paper masks featuring legendary characters. — VNS Photo Truong Vi
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Beat it: Small drums are also popular among children. — VNS Photo Truong Vi
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Day out: A young family visits the street. — VNS Photo Truong Vi
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Special steps: Lion dances are performed at Kim Ngan Communal House to amuse children. — VNS Photo Le Bich

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