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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Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Young Hanoians can enjoy a music banquet when they participate in "Trip to the Moon"—an outdoor electronic music festival to be held in the capital city’s Hồ Tây (West lake) Water Park this weekend. The event—part of the Vietnam Electronic Weekend 2018—will present a series of electronic music performances with a combination of traditional and modern features, the organiser, Connected Agency, said on Facebook. The festival seeks to combine traditional elements such as the lion dance, starlight procession and ethnic musical instruments with the young and modern spirit reflected in electronic sounds—the music that is dominating music charts over the world. Entitled VIEW 2018, the third annual Trip to the Moon festival this year will take place on Sunday, with three stages representing the hottest electronic dance music genres in 2018. Electronic dance music, also known as EDM, … [Read more...] about Trip to the Moon electronic music festival to take off
(VOV world)- A Moon festival, also known as Ok Om Bok festival, was elaborately staged by artists from Khmer art troupes in the Cultural Ao Ba Om, Tra Vinh province, on Wednesday. The Ok Om Bok festival’s highlight was 8 “common houses” built in Cultural Ao Ba Om, representing for 8 Khmer communes and displaying farm tools, antiques, and other features of the locality’s unique culture. The festival attracted thousands of visitors. A dropping flower garlands festival and a parade took place at the Cultural Ao Ba Om area. … [Read more...] about Many activities to celebrate Khmer Moon festival
(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
(VOVworld) – Activities have been organized across Vietnam for children to welcome Mid-Autumn festival. The annual charitable ‘Fairy moon’, the seventh of its kind, aims to raise money to pay for surgery for ten children born with heart disease and honor individuals and organizations to help disadvantaged children over the past years. Under this year’s plan, 50 scholarships were granted and thousands of gifts to poor children, Agent Orange/ Dioxin victims and child patients to cheer them up on the occasion of the full moon festival, a major event for Vietnamese children. Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs Nguyen Trong Dam said: “The program is of humane reflecting the society’s love and responsibility to disadvantage children. I hope businesses, organizations, and benefactors both at home and abroad will continue to accompany the program so that poor children across the country can have a better life.” Da Nang’s … [Read more...] about Children across Vietnam jubilantly welcome full-moon festival