The Mid-Autumn Festival (or Tết Trung Thu in Vietnamese) is one of the most exciting and popular holidays for Vietnamese families. The festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month when the moon shines its brightest in autumn.
While the Mid-autumn Festival originated in China, the Vietnamese version has its traditions and legends. The best-known version in Vietnam is about a man named Cuội who hung on to a magical banyan tree and floated to the moon. It has been said that if you look closely at the full moon, you can see the shadow of a man sitting under a tree. On Mid-autumn Festival night, children parade their lanterns on the streets, illuminating the passage for Cuội to descend from the moon.
In Vietnam, families welcome Tết Trung Thu by placing a five-fruit tray and cakes on the ancestral altar. They worshipped their ancestors with the food offerings before feasting on the delicious mooncakes and other traditional snacks. The Mid-Autumn Festival is a time for families and friends to come together and bond during this joyous occasion.
Kinderland International Preschool @ Vietnam brought our children this joyful atmosphere of the Mid-Autumn festival. We want our children to enjoy this joyous celebration with their teachers and friends. School preparations were put in place, and activities were carefully planned for our children.
Kinderland celebrated the Mid-Autumn event with different activities such as storytelling, crafts, and music and movement. Picture cards of Lion dancing or múa lân an essential element of the Mid-autumn festivities, was also told and shown to children. Our Vietnamese teachers shared the festival’s legend with children through a stick puppets story. Our teachers and children also sang Mid-Autumn songs and made paper lanterns together and a special Mid-Autumn delicacy, “Banh deo” together.
Kinderland wishes all our parents and children a warm and peaceful Mid-Autumn Festival.