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Vietnamese Catholics celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival September 16, 2019

The Mid-Autumn Festival, which fell on Sept. 13 this year, is the most ancient and important festival for children in Vietnam.

On the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar with a full moon at night, Catholic children and their parents flood into churches where they attend Masses and enjoy the festive ambience, traditional games, lion dances and food while lighting up the night with colorful lanterns and wearing paper masks of animals and fairytale characters.

Many families welcome unicorn and lion dances performed by children in their homes as signs of luck, wealth and prosperity. They also offer money to performers. It is an occasion for a children’s night out and family reunions.

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