The Vietnamese Full Moon Festival is a widely celebrated cultural event in Vietnam which brings families together to celebrate the full moon with dancing, singing, storytelling and a lantern parade.
The Vietnamese Community in South Australia/SA Chapter Inc. has celebrated the Full Moon Festival (also called Children’s Festival) every year since their early settlement in South Australia. Over the years, the Festival has steadily increased in size, activities and the number of people taking part. The Festival is very popular in South Australia, attracting not only the Vietnamese community, but people from the wider community.
The Festival is open to all Australians and is a special event for Vietnamese Australians to share and promote harmony between diverse cultures.
The Activities during the day includes:
- Children’s traditional dress competition
- Vietnamese Language quiz
- Drawing competition
- Chess competition
- Concert for the children
- Vietnamese Language students’ works display and
- Face painting amongst other activities.
As part of the special event, a lantern making workshop attracts the participation of hundreds of children.
Traditional foods and drinks are sold at the Festival site such as spring rolls, cold rolls, Vietnamese traditional noodle soup and sweets. There are also Game stalls and various information stalls. All children under 12 years of age are given a present at the end of the concert.
The organisation of the Festival involves more than 50 dedicated volunteers. Working under the coordination of the Festival Organising Committee, volunteers put in many hours of their own time to prepare the Festival for Children for the community.