Japan Japan has two moon festivals every year, following lunar calendar. Zyuyoga is associated with the traditional customs of "Otsukimi" (meaning watching the moon on the full moon day in autumn). For the people in the land of the rising sun, the festival is the time for them to honor the moon in the fall, the only time the moon is at its fullest. In the Otsukimi festival, the Japanese often make Dango, a type of rice dumplings (mochiko). It is quite similar to mochi and is served with tea. On the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, the Japanese personally hand mix flour with water, pound it to create that structure-builder before proceeds to baking. Dango cake is presented with a Susuki grass vase during moon festivals. Also known as tail flower, susuki is a perennial tall grass that blossoms in the autumn. The moon watching ritual cannot be done without dango cake. Dango cake and susuki grass. Photo courtesy of Katorisi on Wikipedia The legend of Dango cake is traditionally … [Read more...] about Are moon festivals the same everywhere in Asia?
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Full-moon festival in the heart of Vietnamese Nhat Minh By Nhat Minh - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - These days, Vietnamese people have indulged themselves in the bustling atmosphere of the Mid-Autumn Festival – a time to strengthen relationships and honor cultural traditions of Vietnam. The festival has always stayed in the heart of Vietnamese people and reached out to foreigners working in the country. Besides the traditional Lunar New Year, the Mid-Autumn Festival is the second biggest festival for Vietnamese family reunion. The festival lasts just one night but people are eager to prepare for the festival almost a month ago, creating an interesting cultural feature. Moon-cakes vending kiosks have mushroomed along the streets while children are dreaming of colorful lanterns. Elderly people in families are contacting their members to arrange a happy reunion day. On the early days of August, families and enterprises have chosen eye-catching moon-cake boxes to give to … [Read more...] about Full-moon festival in the heart of Vietnamese
After the overwhelming success of the German Film Festival 2010 and 2011, the German Film Festival 2012 will be put on in six Vietnamese cities and towns, including Hanoi, Hai Phong, Hue, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City and, for the first time, Nha Trang. The festival will present ten recent films starring well-known German actors, with themes such as family, identity, love, passion, friendship and responsibility. The Goethe Institute will show the hottest new films from Germany by renowned directors who have been awarded at many international film festivals. The films include: Promising the Moon, Lessons of a Dream, When We Leave, Beats Being Dead, Three Fourths Moon, Summer Window, Men in the City 2, Soul kitchen, The Crocodiles 3 - All for One, and Winter Daughter. The films are about family and identity, about extraordinary love and passion, but also about friendship and responsibility. A large number of familiar faces of well-known German actors can be found. The stories they tell are … [Read more...] about German Film Festival in Vietnam 2012 to open
Despite the different theories on its origin, the mid-autumn festival and its indispensable treat - moon cakes - have been well loved and practiced for several hundred years. The mid-autumn festival, which is believed to originate in China and celebrated by many Asian countries, including Vietnam, falls on the 15th day of the eighth month on the lunar calendar. The festival falls on September 8 this year. According to Chinese folklore, there are several explanations on the origin of the mid-autumn festival and mooncakes, which boast a unique, sweet flavor and are diverse in shapes, sizes and fillings. In feudal times, Chinese emperors would traditionally perform praying rituals to the sun in springtime and to the moon in the fall in hopes of auspicious weather, prosperous crops, peace, and wealth. Locals thus considered the 15th day of the eighth lunar month the day to pay tribute to the moon god, and offer moon-like round cakes to the god on the occasion. … [Read more...] about Mid-autumn festival in Vietnam: Time for mooncakes, reunion, love and joy
VietNamNet Bridge - September is the time of many special cultural festivals in Vietnam such as the Mid-Autumn festival, the Mong pan-pine festival in Ha Giang or the buffalo fighting festival in Do Son, Haiphong.1. Mong pan-pine festival The festival also included a trade fair held at the Dong Van District Stadium with over 150 booths of local businesses and international companies. Other activities such as pan-pipe dance, stick pushing, ball beating, singing and poster design competitions were held. 2. National Day National Day 2/9 is the major holiday of the country. Across the streets in Hanoi and provinces in the country were filled by red flags and banners. 3. Gold Month of Travel in Hue The event will take place from September 2 to 30 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the relics of the ancient capital of Hue being recognized as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, 10th anniversary of the Hue Court Music being recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Mankind and … [Read more...] about The unique cultural festivals in September