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Mid-Autumn Festival gets into full swing

 Mid-Autumn Festival is not only a fun time for children.

Mid-Autumn Festival is not only a fun time for children.

The spirit is buzzing along Hàng Mã Street in the capital, which is famous for selling traditional toys. Families there now supply toys for both Vietnamese and overseas customers.

The colourful street is busy at the moment with locals and tourists eager to be part of the traditional festival.

Other festive activities have also been held within the Old Quarter, including artisan-led workshops on how to make traditional toys such as star-shaped lanterns and tò he (figurines made from glutinous rice powder), which take place at Kim Ngân Communal House at 42-44 Hàng Bạc Street. Traditional games and musical performances will be held at the mural on Phùng Hưng Street this weekend.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of Việt Nam’s biggest celebrations. It is also known as the children’s festival because of its emphasis on creating fun experiences for kids. It is held on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month (September 24 this year).


Hàng Mã Street is a tourist destination in the heart of Hà Nội’s Old Quarter. 

A class of primary pupils visit the street.

Various kinds of toys are sold at the site.

Traditional and modern toys are available.

Traditional paper masks featuring legendary characters. 

Small drums are also popular among children. 

A young family visits the street. 

Lion dances are performed at Kim Ngân Communal House to amuse children. 



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