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?
Moon festival in vietnam
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
VietNamNet Bridge – The UK's prestigious magazine Wanderlust has highlighted 7 most spectacular festivals in Vietnam. Let’s tour the festivals: Hoi An Lantern Festival Boasting magnificent architecture and riverside settings, Hoi An’s ancient town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Vietnam’s central coast. Every month, when the full moon shines, fluorescent lights are switched off, roads are closed to traffic and the streets are illuminated with thousands of colourful lanterns. Join in with the festivities: full of old-fashioned games, delicious food and tuneful music. Chu Dong Tu Festival Named after one of four immortal gods in the Vietnamese pantheon, the festival takes place in Chu Dong Tu Temple in Da Hoa and Da Trach, near Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi. A dragon procession, martial arts competition, powerful lion dances and soulful Cheo (traditional music) performances commemorate Saint Chu Dong Tu, who introduced the practice of agriculture into … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s 7 most spectacular festivals in UK magazine
(VOVworld)- Activities to celebrate the Vu Lan or the 7th full moon festival, one of the biggest festivals in Vietnam according to Buddhism, are underway across the country. In recent years, the festival has been observed as the day to pay gratitude to parents and ancestors in general. Venerable Thich Bao Nghiem, Vice President of the Executive Board of the Vietnam Buddhist Shanga elaborates on the significance of the festival: “In Buddhism, the Vu Lan festival reflects the humanity of people, teaching people to pay gratitude to their ancestors, grandparents and parents and prayers for the dead to live in the good heaven of Buddha. This is an occasion to teach people about the morality of Vietnamese people”. For the occasion, the Big Truong Sa pagoda in Truong Sa island district, Khanh Hoa province organized a requiem to pay tribute to the martyrs who laid down their lives to defend the nation’s sea in Truong Sa and those who died in Vietnamese territorial waters. … [Read more...] about Celebrations of 7th full-moon festival
(Cinet)- After the overwhelming success of the German Film Festival 2010 and 2011, the third annual German Film Festival in Vietnam, organized by the Goethe Institute, will be held in six Vietnamese cities and towns from September 6th to October 4th 2012. 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 festival will present ten recent films starring well-known German actors, with themes such as family, identity, love, passion, friendship and responsibility. The films relate to 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 dramatic, humorous, sad, and fantastic, and sometimes all of these at once. The Vietnamese audience can discover Germany from a new … [Read more...] about German Film Festival 2012 opens in Vietnam