Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Dragon and fireworks at Mid Autumn Festival


The story of the Mid Autumn Festival, or Tết Trung Thu, is slightly different to the Chinese version. The Vietnamese version is a classic as a bloke gets sent to the moon because his wife pissed on a tree. Children use lanterns to light a path for the bloke to get back to earth. While the myth of this story is not lost on the children, you still see a lot of people publicly urinating around the city.

5 comments:

Babzy said...

Very nice dragon !

beautran said...

If my memory serves me right, I don't recall any dragon dance during Tet Trung Thu when I was growing up. I guess I had a deprived childhood!

Anonymous said...

I was 13 when I left vn. There was always dragan dance during Tet TT.

Anonymous said...

actually, I did not leave vn until 1978. 75-78 are the worst years of my life. beautran, you maybe right, if you were growing up during those years, there were no dragon dance or festival.

beautran said...

Anonymous, I left in 1983, there were kids running around with lanterns but no dragon dance, at least not in the part of town that I was growing up ( Tran Quang Khai St)

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