Thu Vong Nguyet Festival Lights Up Hanoi’s Temple Of Literature, Showcases Vietnamese Culture

The Thu Vong Nguyet Festival, the mid-autumn festival hosted by Quan An Ngon, the most popular Vietnamese Cuisine Restaurant in Vietnam, charmed those lucky to attend it with its breathtaking light decorations, as well as events that made those older reminisce, and acquainted those younger with Vietnamese artisanal techniques, traditional foods, and entertainment. Held from September 29th, to October 1st, 2017, the Thu Vong Nguyet Festival was met with great success, attracting locals, as well as a slew of tourists from as far as Russia, who were visiting Hanoi at the time.

Scenes from the festival need to be seen in order to be believed: thousands of colorful, lotus-shaped paper lanterns floated gracefully in the pond surrounding the Temple Of Literature, illuminating the night with their twinkling light, mimicking the sky full of stars above them. Temple of Literature is the first university of Vietnam, and Thu Vong Nguyet is another action of Quan An Ngon to preserve and develop Vietnam’s values and culture.

captured by Le Viet Thang

Lanterns of all shapes and sizes hung from the Temple’s main gate, as well as from trees found throughout the Temple’s gardens, lighting the path for visitors who wandered around what can only be described as a scenery taken straight out of a fairytale. Among the many lantern designs were the much-beloved star lanterns, which have long been a favorite game among Vietnamese children, as well as mask-shaped lanterns that were carefully assembled by hand, and used to create lighting installations that were as beautiful as they were unique.

In addition to the star lanterns, many other traditional Vietnamese cultural elements were incorporated into the festival’s décor, such as energetic folk games; traditional music played by musicians spread across the festival grounds; mooncake tray preparation and decorating, as well as traditional lantern making, under the instruction of specialized artisans.

All in all, 500 artists from all over Vietnam participated in the 3-day event, which drew a sizeable attendance, throughout its duration. Visitors had also had the chance to enjoy a glamorous fashion show, which included creations by popular Vietnamese fashion designers, while they were also able to view traditional dragon dances, and take a peek into archives about the Mid-Autumn Festival, provided by local historians.

Festival organizers aim for it to become a beacon of Vietnamese culture, and plan to host it again at the same period of time in the upcoming year, and for many years thereafter.

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