Full moon (Mid-autumn) festival, happening in the middle of August in the lunar calendar, is the second biggest festival in Vietnam. It is also known as the Children festival in the country, lanterns are made for them and mooncakes are gifted to them. Vietnamese people of all ages celebrate the festival by gathering, eating mooncakes, sipping some tea, let children run around with their lanterns. These days, there are lots of places to go and have fun at Mid-autumn festival. Where to go at Full moon festival in Vietnam? I would like to share with you the best places where you immerse into the life of local people.
From one month before the 15th day of August in the lunar calendar, malls have started going according to particular themes and amazing decorations. There are usually decoration items in shapes of moon boys, Change, banyan trees, full or crescent moon, moon rabbit, lanterns, mooncakes. These colorful things make modern malls look great. They usually organize events where there are performances, fun quizzes and gift giving. Artists tell Full moon festival legends, sing and dance.
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Lantern streets are full of lanterns of all kinds and Full moon festival toys. There you will see plastic, paper, canned, fabric, bamboo lanterns in different shapes such as star, butterfly, carp, princess, Qilin, etc. There are also some street food stalls and exciting street performances. Do not miss walk around, see how they enjoy the festival outdoor in Vietnam.
The two famous lantern streets in Vietnam include:
- Hang Ma Lantern Street, Hanoi.
- Luong Nhu Hoc Lantern Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City.
Nguyen Hue Walking Street in Ho Chi Minh City opens from 18:00 to 23:00 every day. Many walking streets around Sword Lake in Hanoi are open from Friday 19:00 to Sunday 24:00. Bui Vien Street in Ho Chi Minh City turns into a pedestrian zone from 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM on weekends. These streets are always crowded at night, they come to chill out and do many things to just have some fun. At Full moon festival, there are usually some interesting shows and lots of activities for celebration.
You can come to well-known parks in cities to enjoy the Full-moon festival in Vietnam. They organize the festival well, children hang lanterns, sing and dance. Street food and toy vendors are around, you can enjoy some foods or buy some great toys. They may gift children nice things.
- Tho Trang Park, 875 Cach Mang Thang Tam Street, Ward 15, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Dam Sen Park, 3 Hoa Binh Street, Ward 3, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City.
- West Lake Water Park.
- Thu Le Park, Duong Buoi Street, Thu Le Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi.
- Asian Park, 1 Phan Dang Luu Street, Hoa Cuong Bac Ward, Hai Chau District, Danang City.
More places to enjoy Full moon festival in Vietnam:
- Binh Quoi Tourism Area, 1147 Binh Quoi Street, Ward 28, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Star Light Bridge – Crescent Lake, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City.
- The Children’s House of Ho Chi Minh City, 135 Hai Ba Trung Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Imperial Citadel of Thanh Long, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi.
- Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Quan Hoa Ward, Cau Giay District, Hanoi.
- Hoi An Ancient Street, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province.