On 28 September 2014, Federation Square will be filled with the sounds and smells of the Vietnamese Children's Lantern Festival. The fantastic array of events will deliver a sensory extravaganza.
The fabulous festival at the Federation Square will feature dancing, singing, storytelling, a lantern parade and children's lantern-making workshops. The little ones will be landed on cloud nine by getting to make their own lanterns with some expert guidance. Live entertainment will take centre stage to fill the hearts of patrons with pure euphoria. A huge array of food stalls will be serving Vietnamese fare to satiate your tummy and soul.
The Vietnamese Children's Lantern Festival is a coveted festival in Vietnam. This is essentially a celebration of families coming together to rejoice at the appearance of full moon. The Lantern Festival overlaps with the Mid-Autumn Festival which is highly popular in East Asia and dates back over 3,000 years to China's Zhou Dynasty. In Malaysia and Singapore, this festival is known as the Moon or Mooncake Festival. Enriched by many traditional activities, this festival involves eating moon cakes under the moon, carrying brightly lit lanterns, planting trees, burning incense, collating dandelion leaves and sharing them with family members and Fire Dragon dances.