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Hang Ma Street bustling with Mid-Autumn Festival toys

Shops on Hang Ma Street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter are bustling with customers and a vast array of lively, colourful traditional toys.


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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.

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In recent years, traditional hand-made toys have replaced imported toys and are in great demand by kids during the festival.

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There are hundreds of lanterns, masks and paper lion heads in all shapes, colours and sizes.

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Colourful lanterns.

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This star-shaped lantern is associated with childhood memory of the Vietnamese of many generations.

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Traditional toys are made of paper and bamboo.

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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.  

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Star-shaped lanterns

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drums

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paper masks are indispensable for children during the Mid-Autumn festival.

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Many young people are interested in traditional toys.

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The forms of To he (toy figurines) are taken from characters in cartoons such as doraemon and superman.

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