A set of earth figurines includes 5 character representing the wish for happiness and prosperity: The Bird – the symbol of peace, The Turtle which relates to the ocean, also a deity worshipped in Vietnamese culture, and old man and a young child – the links between generations, and lastly, Buddha – the spiritual and educational symbol which lies at the heart of Vietnamese people’s daily practice and lifestyle.
Earth figurines are not just Mid Autumn Festival toys for children, they also hold many cultural values. Besides fruits, cakes that are usually associate with the occasion, earth figurines along other traditional toys are crucial to the meaning of Vietnamese spiritual life. Moms buying their children these figurines has become a familiar image in these Festivals.
Nowadays, the family of craftsman Phung Dinh Giap in Dong Khe village, Bac Ninh still holds on to making earth figurines, keeping the traditional memory alive.