Every month in Hoi An, on the 14th day of the lunar calendar, Hoi An celebrates the full moon with locals placing offerings on their ancestral shrines and burning incense.
Tomorrow will take at extra special significance as this is Tet Trung Thu (Mid Autumn Festival). Local kids form groups and perform incredible Lion Dances in elaborate costumes in the streets of Hoi An before and during the festival. These ‘lions’ will also go into shops and homes and start dancing as a blessing of luck and fortune. It is customary for locals to give ‘lucky money’. It is primarily a festival for children who receive toys, fruit and especially moon-shaped cakes as gifts.
Our night tour: the ‘Streets & Eats Of Hoi An‘ runs every night starting at 5:30pm and we zip along the streets and quieter alleyways on our vintage Vespas just outside the old quarter, stopping frequently to try some incredible local dishes in some fantastic eating spots and restaurants.
The Hoi An Full Moon Festival dates for the next 3 months are:
7th September 2014
7th October 2014
6th November 2014
5th December 2014