The traditional paper masks, as distinct and recognizable as the full moon during the Mid-Autumn festival, has for years been a favorite traditional toy among Vietnamese children.
During the night of the festival, gleeful children parade around the neighborhood wearing colorful paper masks as they carry with them bobbing lanterns to illuminate the streets – a sort of trick or treat equivalent during Halloween. Families join in the celebration while the young ones bring life to the artfully crafted masks that are at once both colorful and representative of the festivities of the night.
The tradition of wearing paper masks is a cherished and endeared tradition among the locals. Entirely handmade and always lingering with the faint smell of paper and glue, the locals love the simplicity of this tradition which dates back many centuries. Alas, it is now a dying art where modern toys are replacing this age old tradition.
In this exclusive visit, you will have access to a special gem in the backstreets of Hanoi’s Old Quarters and make your own paper masks with the only remaining couple to still continue the tradition.
- Release the inner artists in you and join a traditional Vietnamese mask making workshop in the rustic backstreets of Hanoi
- An opportunity to get a hands-on experience with this centuries old craft that has not changed one bit
- Meet and interact with your host pair, a couple, who are the only people in Hanoi keeping this heritage alive
- Opportunity to learn more about Mid-Autumn Festival where these masks are traditionally worn by children
- This workshop is perfect for children – its fun and culturally educational at the same time
- Bring home a traditional mask and make it a unique wall decor