Mid-autumn festival opens in Ha Noi’s Old Quarter

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The 2017 Mid-autumn festival kicked off in front of Dong Xuan Market gate in Ha Noi’s Old Quarter on the evening of September 29 with a joyful drum performance and lion dance.

Running through October 4, the festival features a wide range of activities across Hang Ma Street, around the Dong Xuan Market area, and along the pedestrian streets of Hang Dao, Dong Xuan and Hang Giay as well as cultural venues in Ha Noi’s Old Quarter.

Cultural events are also scheduled in the Ancient House, 87 Ma May street; Kim Ngan Temple, 42-44 Hang Bac Street; and Centre of Old Quarter's culture exchange, 50 Dao Duy Tu Street.

Children are invited to try their hands at making moon cakes, participate in lion dances, a lantern procession, and compete in various folk games.

According to Vice Chairman of Ha Noi City People’s Committee, Dinh Hong Phong, the event has been held annually to illustrate the city authority’s care and support for children while providing them with an entertainment space on the traditional mid-autumn festival.

At the opening ceremony, Hoan Kiem District’s authorities presented 15 bicycles to children living in difficult circumstances in the area.