Hue, Vietnam — Sisters from multiple congregations celebrated Tet Trung Thu — or the Mid-Autumn Festival — for hundreds of orphans, disabled children, people affected by HIV/AIDS, ethnic minority students and children from impoverished families. The festivities ran Aug. 31 through Sept. 11.
Sisters provided food, colorful lanterns, mooncakes, traditional games and school supplies, and helped participants perform folk songs and lion dances in traditional costumes. The children were from the Vietnamese provinces of Khanh Hoa, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue and Yen Bai.
During the Mid-Autumn Festival, which marks the traditional end of the harvest season and is the year's biggest children’s festival, children wearing carton masks run around with colorful flower- and animal-shaped lanterns, sing mid-autumn songs, perform lion dances, and enjoy traditional foods and games.
This year's festival fell on Sept. 10, but people held festivities weeks earlier, offering each other mooncakes — a traditional baked food made with rice flour, green tea, beans, and sesame seeds.
The festival, also called Lantern Festival or Moon Festival, is the 15th day of the eighth lunar month and is popular in China, Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries.
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