Shops on Hang Ma Street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter are bustling with customers and a vast array of lively, colourful traditional toys.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, falling on October 4 this year. Many people flock to Hang Ma Street to prepare for the festival.
In recent years, traditional hand-made toys have replaced imported toys and are in great demand by kids during the festival.
There are hundreds of lanterns, masks and paper lion heads in all shapes, colours and sizes.
This star-shaped lantern is associated with childhood memory of the Vietnamese of many generations.
Traditional toys are made of paper and bamboo.
Annually I bring my grandchild to Hang Ma Street, enjoying bustling atmosphere ahead of Mid-Autumn Festival and buying a star-shaped lantern as a special gift for her, Tran Thi Nham from Truong Chinh street, Dong Da district, Hanoi says.
paper masks are indispensable for children during the Mid-Autumn festival.
Many young people are interested in traditional toys.
The forms of To he (toy figurines) are taken from characters in cartoons such as doraemon and superman.