In Vietnam, Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Children’s Day, is celebrated on the full moon day of the eighth month (lunar calendar) every year.
1. What is the full moon day of August?
The full moon of August is the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. This is one of the four biggest full moon days of the year for Vietnamese people along with the full moon of January (Lunar New Year), the full moon of April (Buddha’s Birthday) and the full moon of July (the Vu Lan Festival). The full moon of August is also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival or later the Children’s Festival. On this day, children who are far away often return to reunite with their families, so this day is also considered as Tet reunion.
2. The full moon of August in Vietnam
Talking about the full moon day of August, folklorist researcher and former lecturer at Hanoi National University Nguyen Hung Vi said that since ancient times, his father observed nature and thanks to his experience he had seen it for about a long time. For 30 days and nights, there will be a full moon day. And every year there will be 12 full moons, but there is one time when the moon is especially fuller than other times, which is the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. Because this day falls in the middle of autumn, it is called the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Until Vietnam came into contact with Chinese culture, the Mid-Autumn Festival was born. Mid-Autumn Festival has influence in many other Asian cultures such as Korea, Japan, Singapore…
In Vietnam, the Mid-Autumn Festival means reunion, increasing family cohesion and solidarity. On this day, families often gather to set up a feast to watch the moon, make lanterns for children to procession, and break the feast. Therefore, Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as Children’s Festival.
3. The meaning of the full moon of August
The full moon day of August is the day when children and grandchildren gather and make a tray of rice to offer to grandparents to express remembrance, gratitude and reverence. After that is an opportunity for everyone to come together, reunite, help the family become closer.
The full moon of August is also an opportunity for adults to show care to their children, an opportunity to take them out, buy and give encouraging gifts after their children’s hard working days. At the same time, it is also an opportunity for families, hamlets, and residential clusters to organize a feast, break the feast and chat and talk about the past or the future.
In addition, in some places, the Mid-Autumn Festival is also an opportunity for people to predict the harvest, even the fate of the country is prosperous, peaceful or not.
About the Mid-Autumn Festival tray, there will usually be moon-shaped cakes, animal-shaped cakes made of grapefruit, fruits… The tray is also a tray for ancestors, Buddha… and how it is displayed will depend on the custom. every place.
4. What day is the full moon of August 2021, what day is the full moon of August?
This year, the full moon day of August falls on Tuesday, September 21 of the solar calendar.
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