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Mid Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Reunification Festival or Children's Day, is one of the most important and meaningful traditional holidays in Vietnamese culture. Under the full moonlight of August, a festive atmosphere filled the streets, bringing joy and warmth to everyone, especially children.

Origin of Tet Reunion Day

Mid-Autumn Festival originates from three main legends such as Hang Nga, King Minh Hoang of Duong, and Uncle Cuoi, who have fostered traditional cultural beauty. Each story contains the dream of a fulfilling, happy life, a bountiful harvest, evoking belief in the unreality and pride in national identity.

In the fairy tale about Uncle Cuoi, every year on the full moon day of the eighth lunar month, he is allowed to return to reunite with his family. Therefore, Tet Reunion has become a sacred symbol of reunion, an emotional bond connecting family members, tightening the love between them.

Different from the solemn atmosphere of the Lunar New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival is considered a Children's Day that brings the colorful world of children. The children had fun playing, holding sparkling lantern parades, feasting on the moonlit night, receiving lovely lanterns and enjoying delicious moon cakes. This is also an opportunity for children to learn and appreciate the traditional cultural beauty of the nation.


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The Mid-Autumn Festival not only brings joy and laughter but also contains profound meanings of friendship, happiness and gratitude. This festival is like a precious spiritual gift, nourishing the soul and bringing people closer together.

What are the activities on Mid-Autumn Festival?

Reunion Festival is an important holiday and is loved by Vietnamese people. Below are some traditional activities that take place during Tet Reunion:

  • Go pick up star lanterns
  • Mid-Autumn Festival display competition
  • Make Mid-Autumn Festival toys for children
  • Making moon cakes
  • Sing military drums
  • Lion and dragon dance
  • Giving gifts on the occasion of Tet Reunion

Explore vibrant Saigon locations during the Mid-Autumn Festival

Experience History

Full Moon Festival is one of the most important holidays of the year for Vietnamese people. Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most vibrant cities in Vietnam, with many interesting places for you to explore on this occasion such as:

  • Luong Nhu Hoc Lantern Street This is a place not to be missed when the Mid-Autumn Festival approaches. This place is known as the largest lantern street in Saigon. The street is decorated with thousands of sparkling and brilliant lanterns, attracting a large number of tourists and local people to visit, take photos and immerse themselves in the bustling atmosphere of the festival.
  • Churches and parishes It is not only a place for spiritual activities but also an ideal place for children to play during the Full Moon Festival. Children will be immersed in the joyful and bustling atmosphere of the holiday and participate in many exciting activities. Below are some churches and parishes that parents can take their children for a walk such as: Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, Xom Chieu Church, Tan Dinh Church,...
  • Ho Chi Minh City Children's House It is not only a regular playground, but also a rich cultural and educational space for children. On the occasion of the Full Moon Festival, Saigon Children's House promises to bring children a joyful and bustling holiday season with many special activities such as: Music shows, watching plays, interacting with Sister Hang, Uncle Cuoi, participating in folk games.

Unique Cultural Experience

Saigon is a vibrant city with many unique cultural features and festivals here also bring unique and interesting experiences. Below are some unique cultural experiences during Tet Reunion in Ho Chi Minh City:

  • Nguyen Hue Walking Street located in the city center. This place attracts tourists because of its spacious and airy space. Every Mid-Autumn Festival, Saigon Walking Street is splendidly decorated with thousands of colorful lanterns, along with many entertainment activities. Attractive for children. It is one of the entertainment places chosen by many people during the Full Moon Festival, especially families with young children.
  • Le Thi Rieng Park is a familiar place to release lanterns during the Mid-Autumn Festival in Saigon. Shimmering and brilliant flower lanterns floating on the water symbolize good dreams, hopes or simply praying for good things for yourself and your family.
  • Aeon Mall Tan Phu commercial center located in Tan Phu district. Aeon Mall has a play area with many active games such as slides, swings, seesaws,... that will help children have fun and exercise. Creative play area with many creative activities such as painting, painting, making crafts,... will help children develop their thinking and creativity. In addition, during the Mid-Autumn Festival, children also have experiences related to this holiday such as: Lion dance, mask making, moon cake making, star lantern procession, painting, painting statues, watching symbols. performing arts,...
  • Dam Sen and Suoi Tien are the two largest entertainment areas in Saigon, known as the fairy kingdom or the largest cultural and tourist park in Vietnam. This place has many active games for children such as roller coasters, ferris wheels, haunted houses, etc. In addition, visitors can participate in traditional folk games such as tug of war, umbrellas. officials, throwing necklaces,...

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