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
(VOVworld) – The Giay people in every hamlet organize a “Going to the field” festival in the first lunar month to pray for peace, a bumper crop, prosperity, and good weather. The festival marks the end of the festive month and the beginning of a hard working year. People carrying offerings to the genies The Giay people believe a Creator with unlimited power creates every thing on earth. Fairies live in the heaven and bless people with good things. Genies live on the earth and bring good or bad fortune or calamities. A ritual performed during the “Going to the field” festival worships the heaven, the fairies, and the genies. San Chang, a Giay man in Ta Van Giay hamlet, Lao Cai province, says: “The ritual worships the hamlet’s genie, who founded the hamlet. We also pray for bumper crops, high productivity, and health. It’s actually a fertility ritual.” Older people in the hamlet gather at the patriarch’s house to prepare … [Read more...] about New Year’s “Going to the field” festival of the Giay
Hanoi Times - Among the annual festivals of the Khmer ethnic minority in Southern Vietnam, Chol Chnam Thmay, Dolta and Ok Om Bok are the most important and Ok Om Bok, also called Phochia Praschanh som paes khee (Festival of Worshipping the Moon), is the most imposing. Ok Om Bok festival will take place in the Mekong Delta city of Soc Trang’s My Tu District from November 6 to 12, under the organizing committee of the national tourism year themed “Mekong – Can Tho 2008”.Ok Om Bok features folk religion originated from Buddhism. The festival opens by a ngo boat race (Um Tuk Ngua in the Khmer language), one of the most attractive activities of the Khmers.Ngo boat (tuk ngua) is made from timber in the shape of a nagar snake, the sacred object of the Khmer people, has a pointed bow and elevated stern and a colorful hull decoration. It is honored as a sacred relic, used only in essential festivals like Ok Om Bok and is kept and preserved carefully in local … [Read more...] about Joining Ok Om Bok Festival to take prayers to the moon
The full-moon festival, one of the largest springtime festivals, began at Chua Ba (The Lady’s Temple ) in the southern province of Binh Duong ’s Thu Dau Mot township on February 21. Built in the mid-19 th century, the Chinese-style temple worships Lady Thien Hau (Queen of Heaven). The temple is being decorated with colourful flags and lanterns. Nine lanterns will be auctioned to raise funds for the temple. The festival also includes the Lady Palanquin procession in which attendees worship and pray for happiness. Source: Vna … [Read more...] about Full-moon festival kicks off in southern province