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Precious photos of Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi a century ago

12:35 | 21/09/2020

The Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi a century ago came out uniquely and vividly through the photo series of French School of the Far East.

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precious photos of mid autumn festival in hanoi a century ago

Children gathered around the lion dance team on the street of Hanoi. The sounds of drums along with the joyful cheers create a bustling vibe, Kien Thuc reported.

Photo courtesy of French School of the Far East/ via Kien Thuc

precious photos of mid autumn festival in hanoi a century ago
The lanterns were sold at a store. Photo courtesy of French School of the Far East/ via Kien Thuc
precious photos of mid autumn festival in hanoi a century ago

The lanterns with different shapes such as butterflies, rabbits, fishes, etc were the favorite gifts of children in the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Photo courtesy of French School of the Far East/ via Kien Thuc

precious photos of mid autumn festival in hanoi a century ago

The toys displayed at stores in the Mid-Autumn Festival always made children crave for.

Photo courtesy of French School of the Far East/ via Kien Thuc

precious photos of mid autumn festival in hanoi a century ago

There was a wide range of different-shaped toys that were so eye-catching.

Photo courtesy of French School of the Far East/ via Kien Thuc

precious photos of mid autumn festival in hanoi a century ago

Photo courtesy of French School of the Far East/ via Kien Thuc

precious photos of mid autumn festival in hanoi a century ago

A store selling mooncakes. Mooncakes including “Banh Nuong” and “Banh Deo” were indispensable cakes during Mid-Autumn Festival.

Photo courtesy of French School of the Far East/ via Kien Thuc

precious photos of mid autumn festival in hanoi a century ago

The five-fruit tray with mooncakes, sweets, fruits, etc. The “monumental” level of the tray would reveal the social status and well-off of the homeowner.

Photo courtesy of French School of the Far East/ via Kien Thuc

precious photos of mid autumn festival in hanoi a century ago

Regardless of the rich or poor, children always looked forward to the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Photo courtesy of French School of the Far East/ via Kien Thuc

precious photos of mid autumn festival in hanoi a century ago

Children held animal-shaped lanterns made by Western iron. Photo: Kien Thuc

precious photos of mid autumn festival in hanoi a century ago
A shop selling tin-made toys on Hang Thiec Street, Hanoi in 1928. Photo: Kien Thuc
precious photos of mid autumn festival in hanoi a century ago
This photo was taken in 1915, showcased colorful hues of tin-made toys. Photo: Kien Thuc
precious photos of mid autumn festival in hanoi a century ago
“Tiến sĩ giấy” (paper doctors) were ubiquitous toys in Hanoi between 1925 and 1935. Photo: Kien Thuc
precious photos of mid autumn festival in hanoi a century ago
A boy brilliantly smiled when realizing the camera.“Tiến sĩ giấy” (paper doctors) symbolized the children’s wish in the study. Photo: Kien Thuc
precious photos of mid autumn festival in hanoi a century ago
Some children were standing at a toy store in Hanoi in the 1920s. The models of iron-made kid bicycles (bottom right) were luxurious ones at that time. Photo: Kien Thuc
precious photos of mid autumn festival in hanoi a century ago
A stall selling animal models of all kinds, made from paper or edible powder Photo: Kien Thuc
precious photos of mid autumn festival in hanoi a century ago
A woman selling cakes and children toys, between 1925 and 1932. Photo: Kien Thuc
precious photos of mid autumn festival in hanoi a century ago

A closer look at paper and tin toys in the 1920s. Photo: Kien Thuc

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