Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Demand for fruit and flowers usually increases sharply on the occasion of the lunar year’s first full moon, and a short supply this year has caused their prices to spiral upwards. Tết Nguyên Tiêu (New Year Full Moon Festival) is a major festival, and on this day many people prepare offerings, especially fruits and flowers, to the Buddha and ancestors. At some traditional markets such as Thị Nghè and Bà Chiểu in Bình Thạnh District and Bến Thành and Tân Định in District 1, fruit prices shot up on February 17 and 18 to VNĐ70,000-80,000 for a kilogramme of green skin pomelo, VNĐ60,000-70,000 for dragon fruit and VNĐ130,000-140,000 for mangosteen. Flower prices too rose steeply to VNĐ40,000 for a bunch of lisianthus, VNĐ60,000-70,000 for marigold and VNĐ80,000 for gladiolus, while daisy and gerbera were priced at many times their normal rates. … [Read more...] about Fruit, flower prices rise on full moon
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Back to English Comments Culture & Arts - September 23, 2018 | 11:16 am GMT+7 One experienced mooncake-maker in Hanoi has seen the art and craft wax and wane, and do it again.Dung’s hands move with practiced ease.He has been doing this for 50 years and the dough is like putty in his hands. After some kneading he cuts the dough into smaller pieces and uses the mold to shape them. A thin layer of white flour flies into the air every time he taps one piece of dough out of the wooden mold.Flour is everywhere. On the table. On his apron. On his sweaty, chef’s hat. And from the cloud of dough dust, a moon emerges. A white, sticky rice mooncake is ready to be baked and keep its tryst with the fullest, biggest moon of the year – the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, celebrated as the “Mid-Autumn Festival.”About 20 people are busy in the “workshop,” mixing fillings, shaping dough and baking new batches of cakes. They are focused and … [Read more...] about Many moons ago, mooncakes were a dark secret – VnExpress International
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?
Hotels and restaurants launch mooncake collections for Mid-Autumn Festival By Minh Tuan Sheraton Saigon representatives cut the ribbon to launch their collection of handcrafted mooncakes - PHOTO: MINH TUAN HCMC - Many hotels and restaurants in Vietnam have launched their mooncake collections for this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival, or the Full Moon Festival, the second biggest festival for Vietnamese family reunion after the traditional Lunar New Year. Mooncake is an indispensable delicacy of the Mid-Autumn Festival (falling on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, or September 24 this year). People enjoy mooncakes together with family or present mooncakes to relatives or friends to express love and best wishes. Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers In celebration of the Full Moon Festival, the Sheraton Saigon introduces its collection of handcrafted mooncake indulgences. The mooncakes are contained in custom designed gift boxes which come in two sizes and can … [Read more...] about Hotels and restaurants launch mooncake collections for Mid-Autumn Festival
A traditional ceremony held as part of the Nang Hai festival (Photo: VNA) Cao Bang (VNA) – The ethnic Nang Hai festival in the northern province of Cao Bang has been recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage. Right after receiving the recognition certificate on May 7, the organizing board beat the drum to kick off the two-day festival in Tien Thanh commune, Phuc Hoa district. The festival features a photo exhibition on the festival, a food festival, folk games, and a music gala. Nang Hai is a traditional festival of the Tay ethnic minority, which reflects their praying for favourable weather, bumper harvests, and happy life. According to the Tay people’s belief, there were Mother Moon and 12 fairies on the sky above. The Nang Hai festival was an opportunity for the community to sing as way of inviting their goddesses to earth, helping them cultivate a bumper crop. The festival is now held biennially. Its recognition as a national intangible cultural … [Read more...] about Cao Bang: Nang Hai festival named national intangible heritage