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[Photos] Tet Trung Thu Celebrations in Old Hanoi

Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important dates on the lunar calenda and, in recent years, many younger people have shown a renewed interest in the holiday’s traditions.

While mass-produced moon cakes are on the decline, several trendy cafes have breathed new life into Tet Trung Thu over the last year or so, with everything from custom versions of the holiday confection to lantern- and mask-making workshops. Meanwhile, a resurgence in traditional glass paper lanterns has kept artisans busy through the holiday season.

Take a look back at how Hanoi celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival in the 1920s and ‘30s, courtesy of Flickr master manhhai.

A shop sells children's toys in Hanoi, 1925-1935.

A woman sells cakes and children's toys in Hanoi, 1925-1935.

A lantern shop displays its wares for Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, 1925-1935.

Left: A boy stands with his Mid-Autumn Festival toys. Right: The altar of a wealthy family during Mid-Autumn Festival. Hanoi, 1925-1935.

A Mid-Autumn Festival dragon dance in Hanoi, 1925-1935.

A Mid-Autumn Festival dragon dance in Hanoi, 1925-1935.

A Mid-Autumn Festival dragon dance in Hanoi, 1925-1935.

A Mid-Autumn Festival parade in Hanoi, 1925-1935.

A family altar decorated for Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi, 1925-1935.

A Mid-Autumn Festival parade in Hanoi, 1925-1935.

A boy sits in front of a shop selling Mid-Autumn Festival toys in Hanoi, 1925-1935.

A Mid-Autumn Festival dragon dance outside a toy shop in Hanoi, 1925-1935.

[Photos via Flickr user manhhai]


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