Children's festival in Hanoi

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A series of activities to celebrate the annual Tet Trung Thu (Mid-Autumn's Festival) is being held in Hanoi in the first two weeks of September, Tien Phong newspaper reported.

The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi has organized diverse traditional folk games and cultural activities, themed Sac mau bien ca (The colors of ocean) from September 10 to 12.

For children of all ages, there will be lion dances on stilts, (a tradition from the northern province of Nam Dinh), ba trao (singing), and bai choi (a card game played in huts originating from the central coastal provinces of Binh Thuan and Quang Ngai).  Additional traditional games will include treasure hunting, bit mat tim so (a blindfold game), and a follow-the-leader game.

In addition, artisans and volunteers will assist children in painting and making candle-lit lanterns, water puppets, model boats and green rice flake cake.

Three-hundred presents will also be given to needy children in the capital and nearby regions.

On Thursday, Le hoi trung thu ket noi yeu thuong huong ve bien dao to quoc 2011 (Mid-Autumn Festival in relationship with sea and islands 2011) saw the participation of more than one-thousand Hanoian children and children of Vietnamese soldiers serving on the country's islands.

Several local celebrities, including Miss Vietnam 2010 Ngoc Han, and other local artists will entertain children during the festival.

Han, wearing an ancient costume to represent the moon, will visit SOS Children's villages where she will help children to prepare for the festival. They will make mooncakes and lanterns together from September 10 to 12.

Vang trang co tich (Legendary moon) charity event will be held at the Hanoi Opera House on September 11 to raise VND1 billion for needy children who suffer from heart disease.

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