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Mid-Autumn Festival - 1999

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VHKH has joined the Vietnamese Community in Houston and Vicinity to organize the "Mid-Autumn Children Festival" at the following place:

Date:   Friday September 24, 1999
Time:  6:00pm - 10:00pm
Place:  Rose Garden Hall on Beechnut@Boon

Preparation Phases

Me` Xu*?ng So^ng Hu*o*ng Factory

Me Xung Song Huong donated 2,800 pieces of "me` xu*?ng".  A volunteer group helping Ms. Le Duy Hoang to pack up for the festival

SouthWest Training 1

Everyone is so excited to learn how to make the lantern

SouthWest Session 2

Lantern Making Training Session Sunday Sept 19, 1999

NorthWest Training 2
Lantern making preparing for Trung Thu Festival Tuesday 21, 99

Introduction

Vietnam's culture evolved for nearly five thousand years. Although its cultures were influenced by China, its northern neighbor, Vietnam's culture is unique and different from its giant neigbor's in many aspects. An example is the Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Children Festival which was explained by many folklores intended to teach particular morals and virtues.

According to Bet Key Wong, the author of an article written in the Family/ Culture newsletter, the Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Festival or Tet Trung Thu (tet-troong-thoo) is a festival held on the 15th day of the 8th month on the Lunar Calendar. Like most parents, they work hard to prepare for the harvest; therefore, they let their children play on their own. The purpose of the festival is for the parents to make up lost time with their children. In many Vietnamese-American communities in the United States, the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Children's Festival, centers around children and education. Children are encouraged by their parents to light candle lit lanterns and to participate in a procession at dawn/dusk. The lanterns represent the brightness of the mind, and the procession represents success in school. Other children's activities include arts and crafts such as making masks and making/decorating lanterns.

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In addition, parents give their children mooncakes and other treats while telling them of children fairy tales under the silver moon. One particular tale is Ca Hoa Rong which tells the story of a carp, a type of fish, that wanted to become a dragon. The carp worked and worked and eventually the carp turned into a dragon. The moral of the story is that you can become whatever you want if you work hard. Another familiar tale is Chu Cuoi va Chi Hang. Chu Cuoi flew to the moon one day while holding on to the root of a tree. The tree was uprooted by a strong wind. To this day, on the 15th day of the 8th month on the Lunar Calendar, you can see Chu Cuoi sitting at the foot of the tree if you closely examine the full moon.

This year, the Vietnamese-American community in Houston and Vicinity will organize the Mid-Autumn Children Festival to celebrate our unique tradition and provide the children an opportunity to learn about the beauty of Vietnamese culture.

Tentative program

wpe4.jpg (723 bytes) 6:00pm - 7:00pm: Games for children, Face-painting for childrens, Lion Dance.
Distribution of Mooncake and free lantern for children under 12 years of age.
wpe4.jpg (723 bytes) 7:00pm - 7:30pm: Opening Ceremony
wpe4.jpg (723 bytes) 7:30pm - 8:00pm: Lantern contest
wpe4.jpg (723 bytes) 8:00pm - 8:30pm: Children Traditional Costume Contest.
wpe4.jpg (723 bytes) 8:30pm - 9:00pm: Games and Songs.
wpe4.jpg (723 bytes) 9:00pm - 10:00pm: Lantern Parade
wpe4.jpg (723 bytes) 10:00pm Closing

All children and parents are welcome. Please bring your kids with special lantern to attend the contest. For more information please call

281-495-8936 or 713-759-3702

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Last modified: October 15, 1999