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It’s Tết Trung thu (Mid-Autumn Festival) today where I live, and I have a bunch of moon cakes to go with it 🙂
Since my readers is all over the world, Tết Trung Thu was probably yesterday for some of you! For those of you who missed or are not familiar with it, here’s a dry explanation: Vietnam is an agricultural country –> agriculture depends on water –> water level is affected by the pull of the moon –> the Vietnamese farmers follow the Lunar calendar (instead of the Christian solar calendar) –> mid-autumn festival is on the 15th of August, which is a full moon –> rice crops are done –> people hang around and kids go out and play.
Traditionally, there is bánh trung thu – the moon cakes, chó bưởi – dogs made from grapefruit, cốm – green rice, and đèn lồng ông sao – 5 star lanterns.
Side note: I’m working on a structural website update. I’m slower than I think, but I know change is coming to the site for the better 🙂
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