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Hanoi exhibition shows children what Mid-Autumn Festival was like in the past

Saturday, September 07, 2019, 16:58 GMT+7
Hanoi exhibition shows children what Mid-Autumn Festival was like in the past
A man watches traditional drums on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre

A program ongoing in Hanoi is taking visitors through a walk down the memory lane with a wide range of activities depicting how Mid-Autumn Festival was celebrated in the past, with a collection of traditional handmade toys for children being the event highlight.

Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated in some Asian countries including Vietnam, China and South Korean on the 15th day of the eighth Lunar month every year.

This year’s festival, considered one of the biggest celebrations for children in Vietnam, falls on September 13.

On this occasion, the program titled “Festive Drums of Autumn Moon” kicked off at Thang Long Imperial Citadel on Friday, particularly aiming at helping adults to indulge in enjoyable recollection of the festival celebrations in their childhood.

Meanwhile, young visitors will have a chance to know how their grandparents and parents observed the full-moon festival.

The event provides a touch of nostalgia with an exhibition of traditional toys rarely seen in today’s time, such as drums, masks, star-shaped lanterns, and den keo quan or lanterns with vivid rotating images on the outside cover.

These were indispensable parts of Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations of children in the pre-Internet time.

Traditional drums are on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
Traditional drums are on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre

Children and adults alike can watch lion dances, listen to folk songs, make mooncakes, the festival’s must-have delicacy, as well as learning to make traditional toys such as paper mask and kites, and to he, or dough figurines.

They will also be able to join many folk games such as seesaw, swinging, slides, triangular hills climbing, and bamboo pole dance.

These activities will run until September 8, while the toy exhibition will remain until the middle of this month.

Below are photos of traditional Mid-Autumn Festival toys displayed at Thang Long Imperial Citadel.

Traditional drums are on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
Traditional drums are on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
Paper toys are on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
Paper toys are on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
A set of traditional toys is on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
A set of traditional toys is on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
A traditional drum is on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
A traditional drum is on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
Paper toys are on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
Paper toys are on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
Lanterns are on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
Lanterns are on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
Lanterns are on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
Lanterns are on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
Traditional toys are on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
Traditional toys are on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
Lion heads of lion dance costume are on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
Lion heads of lion dance costume are on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
Traditional toys are on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
Traditional toys are on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
A ceramic den keo quan is on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
A ceramic den keo quan is on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
A den keo quan is on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
A den keo quan is on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
A metal den keo quan is on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
A metal den keo quan is on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
Traditional toys are on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
Traditional toys are on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
A star-shaped lantern is on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
A star-shaped lantern is on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
An old bike installed with lanterns is on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre
An old bike installed with lanterns is on display at a Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, September 6, 2019. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre

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