Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Tet Trung Thu September 14, 2011

Monday, September 12th, was the Vietnamese holiday Tet Trung Thu, which is also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival.  Because Monkey is Vietnamese, we try to honor as many of the Vietnamese holidays as possible.  We also try to take that opportunity to teach her a little more about her birth culture.  Here’s how our family celebrated Tet Trung Thu this year….

 

Because of gluten, dairy, nut, and egg allergies, we can't order our mooncakes, and I have to adapt recipes to fit. But, here is my attempt at mooncakes this year. 🙂

 

The inside....it's tofutti cream cheese and then a cocoa powder & date paste. We ate them by the light of the harvest moon.

 

The kids making their papier mache masks (children in Vietnam wear special masks on Tet Trung Thu)

 

The masks waiting to dry

 

After the papier mache dried, the kids painted their masks with tempura paint.

 

The final products!

 

Making and decorating lanterns

 

Jedi doing a little woodworking and making a small wooden dragon

 

Jedi & Monkey with their dragons

 

Getting ready to have our own little parade around the neighborhood by moonlight

 

Bug, complete with some maracas (not sure why they grabbed those, but they were fun to have along!) and a princess costume (which is completely and utterly Bug at her finest...always in a princess dress.)

 

The beautiful harvest moon

 

Processing around the cul-de-sac

 

My cute little girls...

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