Tết Đoan Ngọ marks the ‘middle day of summer’ (Hạ chí) or summer solistice, and is also the death anniversary of the national mother of Vietnam, Âu Cơ. According to ancient Vietnamese legends, Âu Cơ was an immortal mountain fairy and is considered the mother of all Vietnamese people. Traditionally rượu nếp, a rice wine and bánh tro, a sticky rice cake, are eaten on this day. In many places especially in Southern Vietnam you’ll find flower and fruit festivals, and Vietnamese enjoy trips to the water and other cooling activities and food in the heat of the summer.

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