Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2023 at Imperial Citadel of Thang Long


Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the four biggest festivals of Vietnamese people, taking place in mid-autumn, on the full moon day of the eighth lunar month, the fullest and brightest moon day of the year. The Mid-Autumn Festival originated from an agricultural ritual. In ancient times, farmers often looked at the moon, predicted the weather, and predicted crops: “If you want to eat rice in May, look for the full moon in August.”

Since the Ly Dynasty, Mid-Autumn Festival has become a national festival, taking place simultaneously in the royal court and among the people. The Sung Thien Dien Linh stele (1121) said that during the reign of King Ly Nhan Tong, the Mid-Autumn Festival was very solemnly organized by the court. In addition to important royal ceremonies, the king also opened a three-day festival for the people to enjoy. Everywhere in Thang Long citadel is decorated with brocade and splendid flower lights. In later feudal dynasties, Mid-Autumn Festival was still an important festival for the royal family and the country. In addition to traditional folk, families often make a feast to worship ancestors during the day, and at night display a feast to reward the moon.

And I don’t know when, Mid-Autumn Festival has become the default Tet holiday for children. The children have been excited since the early days of August, their parents bought them toys, and had fun carrying lanterns, drumming, and lion dancing under the bright autumn moonlight throughout the streets and villages. This is a cultural beauty with a thousand-year history of our nation, which needs to continue to be preserved and promoted.:

On the occasion of Mid-Autumn Festival 2023, the Mid-Autumn Festival Fun program with the theme “Shimmering Autumn Lights” is organized to contribute to creating a unique playground for children and tourists to have more experiences and understand more about history. cultural history in general and the Mid-Autumn Festival in particular.

Exhibition time: from September 15, 2023
Lion dance performance program: 10:00 a.m.; 11:00 am; 3:30 p.m.; 4:30 p.m. September 23 and 24, 2023

Experience and interact with making moon cakes and making star lanterns: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on September 23 and 24, 2023

Location: Thang Long Imperial Citadel Heritage Area – Hanoi. No.19C Hoang Dieu, Ba Dinh, Hanoi