The big day is approaching; the moon is getting ever brighter and closer. The Mid-Autumn Festival is only a few days away. It is time for another tale of the Mid-Autumn legends. Let me introduce to you: The Man on the Moon. No, not the award-winning Jim Carrey movie. The Vietnamese legend of the man on the moon or Chu Cuoi is a story of a man who is, like Chang’e, trapped on the moon, destined to forever sit alone looking down with longing at the mortal Earth life that they can never get back. The story below has been translated by Vietnam.com website. Long time ago, in a tiny bamboo hut beside the jungle, there lived a poor woodcutter named Chú Cuội. He had lived every day of his life cutti
Every year, around the last week of August, children in Vietnam would start getting restless. One reason is because summer is close to an end, although around this point in Vietnam it would still be very hot. Another major reason is the approach of a well-loved festival aptly named the Mid-autumn Festival or Trung Thu in Vietnamese. The Festival is not unique to Vietnam, countries such as China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore also celebrate their own version of the Mid-Autumn Festival. In Vietnam, the festival is sometimes called the Children’s Festival due to its emphasis on children, the reason being that children’s innocence allow them a closer connection to the sacred spiritual world.
If you read our last post on Moon cake, where I confessed my singular, discriminatory love for sweet moon cakes, perhaps you are wondering – what else is there to this festival? Say hello to my little friends – Chang’e The Moon Lady a.k.a Chị Hằng Nga and The Moon Boy a.k.a Chú Cuội , two mythical legends that are attached to the Mid-autumn Festival, making it larger than life and embedding meaning into the festival. Most children in Vietnam are familiar with the stories of these two iconic characters whose images are the staple in promotional materials for any Mid-autumn related events or products. Trivia: Pseudo celebrities and amateur models love cosplaying Hang Nga. Famous amateur model
Every year, around the last week of August, children in Vietnam would start getting restless. One reason is because summer is close to an end, although around this point in Vietnam it would still be very hot. Another major reason is the approach of a well-loved festival aptly named the Mid-autumn Festival or Trung Thu in Vietnamese. People anticipate the Mid-autumn festival for different reasons: the beautiful decorations around the city, the flickering lights and lanterns, the toys, the lively gathering of the neighbourhood, etc… But for me, there was always only one reason, one reason to rule them all: Moon Cake a.k.a Banh Trung Thu (Literally Mid-autumn Cake). Source: misskick.vn Types of