Celebrating the Moon Festival

October 2, 2006

The Moon Festival, a Vietnamese-American tradition in Westminster, is a harvest festival for young children to celebrate a full moon on the 15th day of the eighth month every year in the Vietnamese Lunar calendar.

The Moon Festival is meant to teach children about their roots. Hundreds of children and their parents participated in the festival, which also featured Lion Dances and live entertainment.

The story of Ca Hua Rong

This is a popular Vietnamese fairy tale told by parents to their children during the Moon Festival. Ca Hua Rong literally means “the carp who turned himself into a dragon.” It’s the story of a carp who wanted very badly to be a dragon. He worked persistently toward his goal and in the end, he became a dragon. Parents tell this story to encourage their children to follow their dreams and work hard to make them come true.

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