Well in Vietnam, this is also called the Festival for Kids. I like the sound of that better, because autumn only comes in Northen Vietnam, not in the whole country. Plus, autumn doesn’t come until October and it is not a clear season. In the meantime, kids love this festival. I used to love it when I was a little kid and lived in Vietnam with my parents.
In the Old Quarter in Hanoi, from Hang Ma street to Luong Van Can street (small center area), you will see that Moon Festival is celebrated by many thousands of people. Young people go there to buy toys and water pistols. They have been playing water pistols in this event for years. But it’s not as wet as the Songkran in Thailand. Kids are also brought out to the streets to see so much fun and parents buy a lot of toys for their kids. If you come here, you can always find a variety of hand-made toys that you never find any where else. I think I will try to come here and take some photos for some other articles.
As I remember, Moon Festival also means families make parties for kids to celebrate the full-moon eve. The meaning of this is family reunion and in real life people also celebrate in their neighborhoods.
Moon Festival in Vietnam this year will fall on September 14th.
So if you are in Hanoi and you plan to stay over the September 14th, you should go to Hang Ma street and explore the event there. It’ll be some incredible experience.