2017 Mid-Autumn Festival kicks off

Friday, 2017-09-29 11:51:37
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Children learning about the mid-autumn festivals of the past
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NDO – The Mid-Autumn Festival programme officially opened at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, in Hanoi on September 28, as part of the activities to promote the world heritage values of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, especially the intangible cultural values.

This year’s programme features many interesting activities for children, in particular, a school education programme which helps young kids to understand more about the mid-autumn festivals of the past through documented works by the French researchers Henri Oger and Albert Kahn Museum.

The event will showcase colouring masks, making mid-autumn cakes, star-shaped lanterns, cylindrical lanterns, Buddhist monk lanterns, rabbit lanterns, glutinous rice figurines, and making ceramic items.

In addition, the children and visitors will have a chance to enjoy artistic performances, such as a lion dance and water puppetry and traditional games, including carrying rice across a bamboo bridge, a see-saw, boomerangs, a wooden horse, sack races, tug of war, stick-and-ball, clay crackers, board games, and blindfolded drummer.

The event will conclude on October 4.

Iron Ships - a famous mid-autumn toy.

Children practice making rabbit lights.

Children colouring Dong Ho folk paintings

The 'To He' (toy figurines made from glutinous rice powder) attract a lot of children

Children making paper fans with pictures and paintings taken from Henri Oger's documents

The atmosphere at the Mid-Autumn Festival with the water puppetry performances of artisans from Hai Duong