Top 10 Vietnam Festivals

Top 10 Vietnam Festivals

One of the most rewarding experiences in Vietnam is to celebrate its festival moments. From traditional New Year to the colorful Hue cultural festival, the country has many beautiful events to delve into.
These 10 remarkable Vietnam festivals you should time your travel to enjoy :
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If you are after soaking up Vietnam’s top festivals, Lunar New year is a must. It is the biggest event held in the country per year. Participants engage in fireworks lighting, visit temples and admire the spectacular sights of flower stalls. You can be part of the celebrations in other parts of the country, but the one in Hanoi city is extraordinary.

For a travel to Vietnam during Vietnamese New Year, it should be well arranged in advance since many services will not be opened, especially in the rural and mountainous areas. 


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Hue Festival

For your visit to Central Vietnam, the Hue Festival has something to impress you. Held to preserve the traditional customs of the Nguyen Dynasty, this biannual celebration takes place in Hue city in the months of April, May or June. It lasts for one week; visitors enjoy cultural events, street performances, art exhibitions, sporting activities such as boat racing, human chess and kite flying.

Perfume  Pagoda Festival

'On the list of Vietnam’s top festivals, Perfume Festival is perfect for those interested in culture, natural sceneries and fun. It takes place on the 15th day of 1st lunar month. Both locals and foreigners from different parts of the country gather at the perfume pagoda in Hanoi. The main theme for the ceremony is to pay respect to the Buddha and pray for a good new year. It starts with a dragon dance at Den Trinh Pagoda, later travel by boat up to the base of Huong Mountain. From the base, you continue by foot up to Huong Tich Cave, the main location for the celebrations.

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Mid-Autumn Festival

Held on the 14th and 15th day of the lunar month, Mid-Autumn Festival is amongst the reasons for thousands of holidaymakers to Vietnam per year. It includes a range of activities that favor both kids and adults like lion dances, carrying of paper lanterns, coloring contests, and street performances.
The festival is one of the reasons to enjoy a Vietnam Family Adventure in Autumn

Hung King Temple Festival

Celebrated at Hung Temple in Phu Tho Province, the event is intended to honor Kinh Duong Vuong, Vietnam’s first king. Over 100 lanterns are released into the sky on the eve of the festival, followed by a flower ceremony at Den Thuong on the next day morning. The last part of the event is the huge procession that starts from the foot of Nghia Linh Mountain. Partakers engage in song performances at numerous temples along the way to Hung Temple.
 

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Lim Festival, Bac Ninh province

You can only be part of this festival in Lim, a village in Tien Du District, Bac Ninh Province. The ceremony treats visitors with the Quan ho folk singing performances and a range of games such as cockfighting, human chess, blind man’s bluff, tug of war and Danh du. It is held on the 12th and 13th day of 1st lunar month; locals perform in traditional costumes on varied built stages.

Wandering Souls Day

Also known as Cold Food Festival, Wandering Souls day happens on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month. Vietnamese believe that on this day, ancestral spirits often visit their homes. This is the reason why families visit the Buddhist temples and graveyards to pray, offer flowers, fruits and sticky rice cakes.
 

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Hoi An Lantern Festival

The Lantern festival is inclusive of the must-dos in Hoi An. It is monthly and occurs on the 14th of each lunar month. Usually, on this day, all shops, bars and other businesses forget about electricity and light thousands of candles and lanterns. Musicians, lantern-making classes and poetry readings line the streets in Ancient town area.

Recommended Reading : Top Things to do in Hoi An

Buddha’s Birthday Festival

Buddha’s birthday rewards cultural encounters and an opportunity to savor vegetarian dishes for vegs. It takes place on the 8th day of the 4th lunar month at Phap Bao Pagoda. During the celebrations, all temples are beautifully decorated, people offer flower garlands, fruits, participate in prayer sessions and street parades. \

Phu Giay Festival

Located 88km east of Hanoi, Phu Giay Pagoda welcomes worshippers of the goddess Lieu Hanh who congregate to pray for good fortune. Participators put on traditional attires and carry adorned bamboo relics. The festival delights with several captivating games, folk dances and classical songs such as cheo, trong Quan and ca tru.
 

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 Vietnam is diverse. For first time visit, the Best of Vietnam is luring enough with not only beautiful cultural exploration but also unique touches to local life. 
Dzung Nguyen - Vietnam Travel Expert

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