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Visual memories of Mid-Autumn decades ago in rare color photos

16:14 | 22/09/2020

As the 2020 Autumn Mid-Autumn is in the air, Vietnamese families must be busy preparing for the so-called "Festival for Children". The festival has long been a deep-rooted annual traditional celebration in Vietnam culture, yet, have you ever stopped for a split second and pictured out how the Mid-Autumn used to be some decades ago, when you hadn't even been born? This article will give you a closer insight.

hanois famous toy street sparkles as mid autumn festival draws near Hanoi's famous toy street sparkles as Mid-Autumn Festival draws near
precious photos of mid autumn festival in hanoi a century ago Precious photos of Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi a century ago
ideal destinations to celebrate mid autumn festival in saigon Ideal destinations to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival in Saigon
visual memories of mid autumn decades ago in rare color photos
(Photo courtesy of Phuoc Long/ Via Thoi Xua)

Kids lined up, waiting for their turn to recieve bagful of candies. Giving children candies and cakes during Mid-Autumn festival has been kind of the norm in Vietnam for centuries, with the sweets considered the encouraging rewards for those obedient children. It's jokingly hailed the Vietnamese way of "Trick or Treat".

visual memories of mid autumn decades ago in rare color photos
(Photo courtesy of Phuoc Long/ Via Thoi Xua)

Grown-ups preparing bags of sweets, ready to distribute to the kids.

visual memories of mid autumn decades ago in rare color photos
(Photo courtesy of Phuoc Long/ Via Thoi Xua)

Star-shaped lanterns are among the most iconic symbols of the Mid-Autumn festival.

visual memories of mid autumn decades ago in rare color photos
(Photo courtesy of Phuoc Long/ Via Thoi Xua)

Besides confectionery, those children with excellent academic perfomance were also rewarded with small presents, such as textbooks, pencils, etc.

visual memories of mid autumn decades ago in rare color photos
(Photo courtesy of Douglas Ross, via Thoi Xua)

A little girl looked radiant as she was going to attend the Mid-Autumn parade with a lantern on hands.

visual memories of mid autumn decades ago in rare color photos
(Photo courtesy of Douglas Ross, via Thoi Xua)

Three siblings were all dressed up, each with her own latern, ready to join the parade.

visual memories of mid autumn decades ago in rare color photos
(Photo courtesy of Léon Busy/ via Kien Thuc)

A corner in Ha Noi Old Quarter's Hang Gai, Hoang Kiem District, in 1915. The streets were colored with stores selling different kinds of lanterns and kid toys.

visual memories of mid autumn decades ago in rare color photos
(Photo courtesy of Léon Busy/ via Kien Thuc)

A fish-shaped lantern.

visual memories of mid autumn decades ago in rare color photos
(Photo courtesy of Léon Busy/ via Kien Thuc)

Lanterns and toys lined neatly on the table at a store in Hang Gai, 1915.

visual memories of mid autumn decades ago in rare color photos
(Photo courtesy of Léon Busy/ via Kien Thuc)

The laterns were creatively designed, which came im different sizes and shapes. Children could opt for a lantern in the shape of a fish, prawn, or crab, etc, to their likings.

visual memories of mid autumn decades ago in rare color photos
(Photo courtesy of Léon Busy/ via Kien Thuc)

Iron miniature human figurines were "dressed up" in colorful color, which gave them a very eye-catching appearance.

visual memories of mid autumn decades ago in rare color photos
(Photo courtesy of Léon Busy/ via Kien Thuc)

A hawker selling lanterns along Hanoi streets in Mid-Autumn 1992.

visual memories of mid autumn decades ago in rare color photos
(PhotoThoi Xua)

Lanterns in Cho Lon, 1966.

visual memories of mid autumn decades ago in rare color photos
(PhotoThoi Xua)
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