HÀ NỘI — The traditional old quarter mid-autumn festival opened yesterday at the main gate of Đồng Xuân market and the walking street area of Hàng Đào – Hàng Giấy.
The festival is being organised by Hoàn Kiếm District People's Committee.
Events are also happening in surrounding areas like the pedestrian zone in the Old Quarter, Sword Lake pedestrian streets, the fresco art space of Phùng Hưng Street, Kim Ngân communal house, the old quarter information and cultural exchange centre and the House of Legacy at 87 Mã Mây Street.
Traditional mid-autumn activities including kylin – lion dance with competitors from 18 different wards, a night banquet, lantern parade, folk games and children's martial arts competition will take place at the festival.
At the opening event, folk artisans instructed visitors on how to make traditional folk toys such as paper lanterns, paper kites and ships. A puppet performance and the traditional mid-autumn organisation of a Hanoian family were also introduced.
“During the festival, children, citizens and tourists will be able to participate in cultural activities and folk games,” said deputy chairman of Hoàn Kiếm District People's Committee Đinh Hồng Phong.
“The organising board hopes to maintain traditional values, encourage people to protect their cultural legacy and honour the artisans," he said.
"We also hope to bring an exciting playground for the children to help them enjoy the atmosphere of a traditional festival."
Vehicles will be banned on some streets of the old quarter like Hàng Mã, Hàng Lược, Hàng Rươi, Hàng Chai, Hàng Khoai and Phùng Hưng streets from 7am to 10pm.
The festival lasts until September 13. — VNS