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Sep 13, 2023 / 17:02

Hanoi's glittering Old Quarter on threshold of Mid-Autumn Festival

With one month to go before the Mid-Autumn Festival, Hang Ma Street has been "dyed red" by the bright and shimmering colors of lanterns, star lights, and countless children's toys and eye-catching decorations.

As usual, Hang Ma Street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter buzzes with toys and decorations in the days before Full Moon.

 The street is known as the hub for selling decorations in the capital city. Photos: Duy Khanh/The Hanoi Times
The shops along the street have begun to display mid-autumn decorations.
 A wide variety of traditional gifts for children are also on sale.
 The toys are lanterns of various frames, including star lanterns and spinning lanterns, and masks.
 These masks are made from paper produced in craft villages in Hanoi and surrounding areas.
 This lantern is completely handmade from cellophane and bamboo frames.
Machine-made toys are no less fine than hand-made toys.
In addition to in-store purchases, customers can also order Mid-Autumn Festival toys online. 
The prices of these items are very reasonable, from a few tens of thousands of Vietnamese dong per item.
In the days leading up to the Mid-Autumn Festival, young people flock to this area to shop, have fun, and take pictures.
On weekends, the street becomes more lively and crowded.
A baby was taken by his parents to Hang Ma Street to buy toys for the Mid-Autumn Festival.
 The vibrancy and brilliance of the street also attract international tourists.
 Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most popular family holidays in Vietnam, especially for children.
This year's Mid-Autumn Festival falls one month later than usual, on September 29, the 15th day of the eighth lunar month.