Hanoi’s traditional toys for Full Moon Festival

VietNamNet Bridge – Colorful and brilliant star-shaped lanterns and the bustling sounds from drums have been very familiar in the childhood memories for most people in Hanoi.

Drums of all sizes are still sold on Hang Ma Street.Drums of all sizes are still sold on Hang Ma Street.
Some drums are taken from the Doi Tam drum making village in Duy Tien district, Ha Nam province. The rest are made in Hanoi. These drums will be played by kids in the mid-autumn festival.Some drums are taken from the Doi Tam drum making village in Duy Tien district, Ha Nam province. The rest are made in Hanoi. These drums will be played by kids in the mid-autumn festival.
Star-shaped lantern is probably the most typical toy of the Mid-Autumn Festival.Star-shaped lantern is probably the most typical toy of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Small lamps are sold for VND7000 ($0.3) and the big one is priced VND15,000 (0.6).Small lamps are sold for VND7000 ($0.3) and the big one is priced VND15,000 (0.6).
A pair takes their wedding photos, posing with a star-shaped lantern.A pair takes their wedding photos, posing with a star-shaped lantern.
The paper-made masks are rich in colors and styles. They are sold besides plastic masks from China, which are cheaper by a half.The paper-made masks are rich in colors and styles. They are sold besides plastic masks from China, which are cheaper by a half.
Making cardboard mask is a traditional occupation of many families in Hang Ma Street.Making cardboard mask is a traditional occupation of many families in Hang Ma Street.
Colorful lanterns in Hang Ma.Colorful lanterns in Hang Ma.
Ms. Oanh's family, at No. 73 Hang Luoc Street, still maintains this traditional trade: making lion head masks.Ms. Oanh’s family, at No. 73 Hang Luoc Street, still maintains this traditional trade: making lion head masks.
Many parents choose their favorite unicorn heads.Many parents choose their favorite unicorn heads.
Unicorn heads are sold on the sidewalk.Unicorn heads are sold on the sidewalk.
Other lanterns.Other lanterns.
Paper-made doctors are usually presented in the full-moon festival tray. This is an educational toy, reflecting the tradition of honoring study.Paper-made doctors are usually presented in the full-moon festival tray. This is an educational toy, reflecting the tradition of honoring study.
This kind of lantern is not popular in Hang Ma.This kind of lantern is not popular in Hang Ma.
Local police and militia inspect the area to ensure no traffic jams.Local police and militia inspect the area to ensure no traffic jams.

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