What will be the first thing appear in your mind when you talk about the Mid-autumn festival.
The answer is absolute “Lantern” – a toy that is attached to the childhood of many Vietnamese generations.
The highlight of Mid-autumn’s lantern is probably the period before Vietnam entered the market economy. At that time, the living conditions in Vietnam were lacking and didn’t have a lot of electric lights like today. So on the full moon night of the most beautiful day of the year, the little children nodded to the crowd with lanterns in their hands. Because there is no electricity, all the space is lit by the sparkling light emanating from the colorful lanterns
Carp and Star Lantern
The most common lantern is glass paper lanterns like starfish lantern and carp lantern. The artisans will make a frame of bamboo with the star shape or fish sharp. Inside, It has a small base to place candles. Then they glued the glass paper up and finally a few more points to blow the soul of the lamp.
Next is an interested lantern. It is absolutely a gift for creative kids. “Đèn cù” is a little different from the others. Basically, It still the same but the different thing is It can move too.
Another version of Đèn Cù
Kéo quân lantern
This lantern is usually for adult because it is often bigger and heavier than the others lantern. This can move too but not by the wheel. It is a physical phenomenon. This lantern has 2 layers. The layer inside moves by the circulation of air due to heat.
Nowadays, those lanterns are no longer preferred as before. They gradually replaced by paper lantern with cartoon or superhero face. Some use electric lantern which can emit music.
Even we have more choices than before but with adult, traditional lantern is always the most favourite toy in their memory when Mid-autumn festival comes.