Mid-Autumn Festival is a popular observance in Vietnam. It is not a public holiday, but in many parts of the country there are events activities and decorations to mark this special day on the annual calendar.
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The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated in many countries across Asia, but it takes on a different complexion in Vietnam, where it is more or less a Children’s festival.
Kids make or buy paper lanterns on this day, often in the shape of a carp, light them, and carry them about on a stick. They may also wear humorous styled masks and eat loads of sweets and other goodies.
Additionally, children will roam in large groups around the streets, knocking on doors and asking if they can do a “lion dance” in exchange for a small gift of money, which is supposed to bring them good luck besides give them a little extra cash in their pockets.