Festivals

Festivals

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FEBRUARY

Tet (Lunar New Year Festival)
Nationwide
(01/01 – Lunar calendar)
This is the New Year celebration, all family members reunite and bring offerings to the family altar as a mark of honor to ancestors. It also the most important festival in the Vietnamese calendar. On New Years Eve, at the stroke of midnight, are problems from the previous year are said to be left behind. This is also when the celebrations begin in earnest. Banks, offices and government builds will all close during Tet. Also many shops and restaurants may also close for 4 to 7 days.

Dinh Mai Festival
(North Vietname)
(20/12 – lunar calendar )
It takes place in Thanh Mai  commune, Thanh Oai district,  Hanoi capital and is in memory of Ha Khoi who joined Dinh Bo Linh in squashing the rebellion of Do Canh Thac – Thanh Oai area.

Thai Duong Village Festival
(Central Vietnam)
(12/01 – lunar  calendar)

It takes place in Thai Duong Ha village, Thuan An town, Phu Vang district, Thua Thien Hue province. People  attended Truong Quy Cong, the God of village, also named Truong Thieu. He has teached this village to go in fishing and trading barge. Characteristics: a divine worship, specialize in  praying  for abundant fishing. 

Cua Ong Temple Festival
(
North Vietnam)
(03/2 -  lunar calendar )

It’ s held in Cua Ong Temple, Cam Pha town, Quang Ninh Province, in attending to the General of army Tran Quoc Tang, the third son of Tran Hung Dao, who crushed many enemies and brought peace to the region in the 13rd century.

Co Loa Festival
(North Vietnam)
 (06/1 – lunar calendar) 

It takes place every year at An Duong Vuong Temple, in Co Loa commune, Dong Anh District, in Hanoi suburb. Co Loa festival commemorates Thuc Phan An Duong Vuong- the 18th Hung King, it praises his credit with having built and protected the country, also the words pray for the nation and all people are in peace and confortable life. The festival includes many games and competitions plus Tru and Cheo performances.

Hương Pagoda Festival
(North Vietnam)
(in January of Lunar  calendar )

People also called Huong Pagoda Festival, this pagoda is placed in the mountain. Thousands of pilgrims and visitors come to admire the beautiful landscapes, grottoes, caves and pagodas in this area.

Vieng Market
(North Vietnam)
(07/1 – lunar calendar)

It ‘ s held in Vu Ban and Nam Truc Districts, Nam Dinh Province at night on 07 th of January of lunar calendar until the dawn of 08th. This spring market displays handicraft products and ornamental plants. All kinds of goods are bought and sold. People from over the whole country come to this market not only to buy products but also wish for a prosperous and lucky year.

Trieu Khuc Village Festival
(North Vietnam)
(09/1 – lunar calendar )


The festival is organized every year to commemorate Phung Hung – the God of village – also named Bo Cai Dai Vuong Phung Hung and to glorify the textile and weaving industry. This is a cultural activity in the traditional handicraft village of Trieu Khuc, Tan Trieu Commune, Thanh Tri District, Hanoi capital.

This is a long- standing festival has over 400 years old, it is organized in order to honor  all  robust young men. Every year, on 10th of  January  of  lunar calendar, thousands of  travellers concentrate in Sinh village- situated on the south bank of the Perfume River, Thua Thien Hue province to take part in the wrestling competitions.

Celebrated in Huong Hai Commune, Huong Dien District, Thua Thien Hue Province, to celebrate the memory of Truong Qui Cong.

Lim Festival (Quan Ho Folk Song Festival)
(North Vietnam)
Late February

It ‘s opened on 13th of January – lunar calendar – just on the first  of Lim market – day, on Lim hill, Lim town, Tien Du district, Bac Ninh province which is far away from Hanoi 18kms.

Lim Festival commemorates the Hieu Trung Hau King and Queen, the founders of Quan Ho melodies and folk song.

Quan Ho folk-songs  originated in Bac Ninh province,  they  can be sung at home, at communal house or on hill..., depending on solo performance, repartee. . . . . .  During the festival which is held every year, particularly in spring, young, men and women gather in the yard of a communal house or pagoda, on a hill or in a rowing boat and sing Quan Ho. This is a style of singing where songs alternate from group to group, going back and forth from one to the other. Quan Ho singing is a folk art of highly collective nature. Those who sing are not entertainers, but all are part of the performance, and everyone is welcome to join.

Va Temple Festival
(North Vietnam)
( 15/01 and 15/9 – lunar calendar)

Va temple is a historical and cultural origin of  Doai country, Van Gia village, Trung Hung Commune, Son Tay town, Vinh Phuc province.  Va Temple Festival is usually held in two occasions: in January full moon day and  in September full moon day, in order to adore the God of  Tan Vien  mountain- also called the head of  four immortality Gods of the major popular beliefs in Vietnam. It was ranked as historic and cultural national monument by Vietnamese State, in 1964.

Con Son Festival
(North Vietnam)
(06/1 – lunar calendar)

It takes place every year at An Duong Vuong Temple, in Co Loa commune, Dong Anh District, in Hanoi suburb. Co Loa festival commemorates Thuc Phan An Duong Vuong- the 18th Hung King, it praises his credit with having built and protected the country, also the words pray for the nation and all people are in peace and confortable life. The festival includes many games and competitions plus Tru and Cheo performances.

Long Tong Festival (North Vietnam)
( In the beginning of January – lunar calendar )

Long Tong Festival -  the traditional beauty of  ethnic group - Tay  people is organized in many  provinces  as  Tuyen Quang,  Bac Can,  Lao Cai  . . . .

The  mainly  ceremony  is   the offerings of  heaven and earth and people pray  to  the Gods  for good weather, good  health, lush vegetation,  exceeding crop. The festival has  many  games  for  the villagers. It usually occurs in early January – after Lunar New Year.

 

Long Tong festival is a kind of cultural  popular activity, a meaning profound humanity and it express the desire of the people in harmony with heaven and earth, negative- positive; also people wish for a healthy  life, food and warm , all growing living things . The festival includes lion dances, Chinese chess, and ethnic songs.

Ba Den Mountain Spring Festival
(South Vietnam)
(15/1 – lunar calendar )

It takes place in Tay Ninh town, Tay Ninh province, at Ba Den temple, in Ba Den mountain. The Ba Den  Mountain Spring  Festival is not only  the free  religious beliefs  but  also an charming expression of  national character. Every  year, in the beginning of  Lunar New Year, travelers from Hochiminh city and from others provinces  in South Vietnam make a pilgrimage to Tay Ninh province. 

 

MARCH 

Huong Pagoda Festival
(North Vietnam)
Mid February to Early Ma

People also called Huong Pagoda Festival, this pagoda is placed in the mountain. Thousands of pilgrims and visitors come to admire the beautiful landscapes, grottoes, caves and pagodas in this area.

Con Son Festival
(North Vietnam)
Late February to Early March

It takes place every year at An Duong Vuong Temple, in Co Loa commune, Dong Anh District, in Hanoi suburb. Co Loa festival commemorates Thuc Phan An Duong Vuong- the 18th Hung King, it praises his credit with having built and protected the country, also the words pray for the nation and all people are in peace and confortable life. The festival includes many games and competitions plus Tru and Cheo performances.

Long Tong Festival
(North Vietnam)
Late February to Early March

Long Tong Festival -  the traditional beauty of  ethnic group - Tay  people is organized in many  provinces  as  Tuyen Quang,  Bac Can,  Lao Cai  . . . .

The  mainly  ceremony  is   the offerings of  heaven and earth and people pray  to  the Gods  for good weather, good  health, lush vegetation,  exceeding crop. The festival has  many  games  for  the villagers. It usually occurs in early January – after Lunar New Year.

Long Tong festival is a kind of cultural  popular activity, a meaning profound humanity and it express the desire of the people in harmony with heaven and earth, negative- positive; also people wish for a healthy  life, food and warm , all growing living things . The festival includes lion dances, Chinese chess, and ethnic songs.

Hon Chen Temple Festival
(Central Vietnam)
( In February and July – lunar  calendar )

It is celebrated in the Hon Chen Temple, in Ngoc Tran Mountain, to commemorate  Mother Thien Y  Ana, the creator of land and trees. It is about 10 kilometers away from Hue. It is filled with lots of pomp and color and just like the other Vietnam festivals and events it has some mythical or religious connotations to it.

The Hon Chen Temple Festival  takes place two times in a year,  is very popular among the localities and also welcomes tourists from all over, to take part in the merry making. The Hon Chen Temple Festival is related to the Cham legend.

The Hon Chen Temple Festival includes a performance with imperial characters. Actors dressed in clothes with splendid turbans and tunics look like princes and princesses of the Nguyen dynasty. These shows  are held in the natural settings of mountains, hills, and rivers. 

Dong Nhan Festival
(North Vietnam)
(03/02  until   06/02  - lunar calendar )

Dong Nhan Temple is placed in Hai Ba Trung district, Hanoi  capital. The Temple is devoted to the two Trung Sisters, also called Hai Ba Trung, two heroines who achieved great distinction fighting against foreign aggressors, securing independence for the country and adding a lustrous page to the history  of  the nation.

Hai Bà Trưng’s heroic uprising against the ruling Chinese lasted 3 years and was defeated. However this uprising is an event of great significance as it left a bright example to later generations. People built many temples to honour  these  two  Sisters. The most famous are three temples, Hat Mon Temple (in Ha Tay  province), Ha Loi Temple (in Vinh Phuc province), and Đong Nhan Temple (in Ha Noi  capital ).

Takes place in Chu Dong Tu Temple in Da Hoa and Da Trach villages, 25 km from Hanoi. A dragon procession, martial arts competitions, lion dance, and cheo performances are held during the festival.

Duong Lam Temple Festival
(North Vietnam)
Late March

Organized in honour of King Phung Hung, a leader of the peasant revolt in the 3rd century. Duong Lam Village, located about 4 km from Son Tay Town, in Ha Tay Province.

Ba Den Mountain Spring Festival
(South Vietnam)
(15/1 – lunar calendar )

It takes place in Tay Ninh town, Tay Ninh province, at Ba Den temple, in Ba Den mountain. The Ba Den  Mountain Spring  Festival is not only  the free  religious beliefs  but  also an charming expression of  national character. Every  year, in the beginning of  Lunar New Year, travelers from Hochiminh city and from others provinces  in South Vietnam make a pilgrimage to Tay Ninh province.

 

APRIL 

Huong Pagoda Festival
(North Vietnam)
(in January of Lunar  calendar )

People also called Huong Pagoda Festival, this pagoda is placed in the mountain. Thousands of pilgrims and visitors come to admire the beautiful landscapes, grottoes, caves and pagodas in this area.

Takes place in spring in Buon Don (Dac Lac). The racetrack is wide enough for 10 elephants and is 1 to 2 km long. It is the biggest cultural event of the Central Highlands.

Quan The Am Festival
(Central Vietnam)
Beginning of April

Quan The Am Pagoda stands at the foot of Kim Son Mountain, part or the Marble Mountain near Danang. Includes a religious ceremony consisting of flower offerings and prayers, plus cultural performances, folk songs, chess playing, music, painting, carving, lion dancing, and offering lamps on the river.

Ba Trieu Temple Festival
(North Vietnam)
Beginning of April

Organized in memory of Ba Trieu who raised a rebellion against Ngo invaders. The festival takes place at Ba Trieu Temple in Hau Loc, Thanh Hoa Province.

Phu Giay Temple Festival
(North Vietnam)
Mid April

At Kim Thai Commune, Vu Ban District, in Nam Dinh Province. The main ceremonies are the Holy Mother procession and the display of Chinese characters. Other performances include cheo, hat trong quan, hat xam, hat van, a wrestling competition, cock fighting, and chess playing.

Thay Pagoda Festival
(North Vietnam)
(07/ 3 – lunar calendar)


It is officially held annually and lasted for at least a week. Well situated in the shadows of   Sai Son mountain, in Quoc Oai district, Ha Tay province Thay Pagoda lies in a tranquil and beautiful village which is only around 40km west of Hanoi. This event pays homage to Tu Dao Hanh. To the legend, Tu Dao Hanh was a Buddhist monk and sorcerer who was the king of the region and created the Vietnamese water puppet show. The celebrations begin by worshipping Buddha, and it  is followed by games and a water puppet show in front of  the  Temple. Visitors to the festival also usually take a hiking trip through the picturesque countryside which characterizes the region.  Lang Pagoda Festival
(North Vietnam)
(05/3 until 07/3  - lunar calendar )

Thay Pagoda festival is attractive to many visitors because of the myth surrounding Monk Tu Dao Hanh and his feats- the beautiful scenery and the water puppet shows. 

Lang Pagoda was built in the 12th century under Ly Dynasty. It was located Lang Thuong ward, Dong Da district, Hanoi. The main festival day is on 07th of March -  lunar calendar.

On this day, after making rituals, at noon the saint's palanquin procession goes along the To Lich River Bank and returns to Lang Pagoda. The festival also involves traditional games: swinging, wrestling, chess playing, tuong, cheo singing and worshipping sing. 

Truong Yen Festival
(North Vietnam)
(10/3 – lunar calendar)

Truong Yen festival or called Hoa Lu Ancient Capital festival. It is held on 10th of March – lunar calendar, in Truong Yen commune, Hoa Lư district, Ninh Bình province. The most solemn rituals of  the festival are the water procession and sacrifices - offering ceremony. The sacrifices - offering ceremonies take place at midnight in Dinh and Le temples at the same time.The worship is included water procession at Truong Yen water station located on Hoang Long river.

The most special game of  Truong Yen Festival is called " manoeuvre game with reed flag", which replays the childhood of Dinh Bo Linh as a buffalo boy in Truong Yen. 

Coming to the festival is an opportunity for visitors to visit the ancient capital of the Dinh and Le courts, which mark the glorious period of unifying and establishing the country after suffering more than a thousand years under Northern Domination. 

The Hung King temple is located on the Nghia Linh Mountain, Hy Lang commune, Phong Chau district, Phu Tho province, 85 kilometers northwest of Hanoi. Every year, a national festival called Hung King temple Festival is held to worship the Hung Kings, who were the founding fathers of the nation.  

The festival lasts for 3 days from the 9th to the 11th of March of  lunar calendar.

A day before the festival, ancient and modern flags are  hung along the road  from Viet Tri to Hung mountain. Banh chung (square cake) and banh day (circle cake) are also served to remind people of the Lang Lieu Legend (the 18th Hung King who invented these cakes), and the merit of the Hung Kings who taught people to grow rice. 

The Hung King temple festival  does not only attract  visitors from everywhere but also allows them  to participate in the special traditional cultural activities, and  it is also a sacred  pilgrimage back  to the origins of  Vietnamese culture. People usually show their love and  pride of  homeland and ancestral land.

The Hung King temple Festival is one of  the most important and sacred festivals of  the Vietnamese people, deeply embedded  in  the  minds of every Vietnamese citizen 

 

MAY 

Perfume Pagoda Festival
(North Vietnam)
Mid February to Early May

People also called Huong Pagoda Festival, this pagoda is placed in the mountain. Thousands of pilgrims and visitors come to admire the beautiful landscapes, grottoes, caves and pagodas in this area.

Elephant Race 

Takes place in spring in Buon Don (Dac Lac). The racetrack is wide enough for 10 elephants and is 1 to 2 km long. It is the biggest cultural event of the Central Highlands.

Po Nagar Temple Festival
(South Vietnam)
(20/3 until 23/3 – lunar calendar )

The Festival is held every year from 20th to 23rd of  March - Lunar calendar at Ponagar Cham Tower, in Nha Trang City.  It  is the largest festival celebrated in this region to worship Lady Goddess Thien Yana . According to the legend, the Goddess is credited with founding this homeland, maintaining the race, discovering the rice tree, and teaching the local people how to cultivate. The worshipping ceremony ,on 23rd - is carried out solemnly to praise Thien Yana Mother’s virtues and to wish for a peaceful, happy, and prosperous life.

 After the rituals ceremony is Flower Dance (the dance like Champa dance), Offering Flower Dance and Boi song performances which are held on front of the main temple. In the past, there had basket boats competition.

Thap Ba Festival not only attracts great number of Viet and Cham people to attend but also attracts people from other provinces.

Dong Xam Festival
(North Vietnam)
(01/4 until 03/4 – lunar calendar )


Dong Xam is famous for silver carving commune. Dong Xam Temple Festival takes place every year, from 1st  to  3rd  of  April -  lunar calendar  at Hong Thai commune, Kien Xuong district, Thai Binh province; in honour of Nguyen Kim Lau - the founder of silver carving in the 15th century. Dong Xam Temple was built in appreciation of his contributions to the village and the festival in the temple is held to mark the anniversary of the progenitor Kim Lau’s death.

It  attracts many people. The most exciting programme is the boat race contest on river with the participation of youth men in the hamlet and neighboring communes. The programme remains other interesting traditional games and folk cultures like ca tru and cheo singing.

In the days of Dong Xam Temple Festival, a great deal of beautiful silver carving products are displayed and sold as souvenir for tourists.

Dau Pagoda Festival
(North Vietnam)
(08/4 – lunar calendar )

 

The Dau Pagoda, also known as Phap Van, Dieu Ung or Co Chau pagoda, is located in Thanh Khuong commune, Thuan Thanh district, in the north of Bac Ninh province. This place was the capital of Giao Chi district, which was then called Giao Chau: the political, economic, cultural centre of Vietnam

 

The pagoda , at the centre of the prominent historical and cultural sites in the north of  Bac Ninh province; is the Buddhism cultural activities of farmers. The festival involves the procession of  4 sisters to To Pagoda  to  kowtow their mother.

 

 Materials and antiques  are left at the Dau Pagoda, especially a wood block made around 1752 years ago, and research on the history of Vietnamese Buddhism (which appeared in the country around 1,800 years ago), confirm that Dau Pagoda is the one of the oldest Vietnamese Buddhist pagodas. This pagoda became the centre of a branch of Buddhism, and many veteran monks from China and India went there to research, compiled and translated prayers and trained monks. 

 

Under the Ly and Tran dynasties, Dau Pagoda was repaired and expanded. Kings and mandarins often visited  it. 

The Dau Pagoda’s festival is held on  8th of April – lunar calendar  and is one of the largest Buddhism festivals in the northern plains and midlands. 

Giong Festival
(North Vietnam)
(09/4 –lunar calendar )

The Giong Festivals held annually in Phu Dong Village, Gia Lam District, HaNoi.

This large festival is held on 9th of April -lunar calendar. The date commemorates Saint Giong who defeated the An invaders. For expressing the deep gratitude to the hero Giong who sacrified his life to fight invaders, people proclaimed him Saint Giong.

At night, a Cheo play is performed (a classical Vietnamese opera). This festival blends together the traditions of love for the motherland and the preservation of cultural heritage.

At the Giong Festival, people can make connections with their neighbors, with relatives, between the individuales with the community and between the past with present.
 


 JUNE 

Ba Chua Xu Temple Festival
(South Vietnam)
(23/4 until 27/4 – lunar calendar )

Ba Chua Xu Temple was built in 1820, at the foot of Sam Mountain, Vinh Te Commune, Chau Doc Town, An Giang Province. According to a legend, in the early 1800s, villagers found a statue of a  lady  dating to the 6th century in the forest. They built a temple as a mark of honour to her and hoping that she would bring them better crops and better lives. This is why the marble statue of Ba Chua Xu, meaning "country lady" is worshipped. In the festival, worshippers touch her statue and ask for her protection and benediction. 

 

JULY 

Ba Chua Xu Temple Festival
(South Vietnam)
(23/4 until 27/4 – lunar calendar )

Ba Chua Xu Temple was built in 1820, at the foot of Sam Mountain, Vinh Te Commune, Chau Doc Town, An Giang Province. According to a legend, in the early 1800s, villagers found a statue of a  lady  dating to the 6th century in the forest. They built a temple as a mark of honour to her and hoping that she would bring them better crops and better lives. This is why the marble statue of Ba Chua Xu, meaning "country lady" is worshipped. In the festival, worshippers touch her statue and ask for her protection and benediction. 

 

Ba Chua Xu Temple Festival is the biggest folk festivity of Southern Vietnam. The festival is held annually from 23rd to 27th of  April - lunar calendar. Peace and tranquility, Ba Chua Xu Temple is one of the major religious sites in the Mekong Delta and attracts thousands of travellers who are flocking to An Giang Province to experience the festival and ask the famous goddess of  wealth and prosperous life.

Chem Temple is situated at Thuy Phuong commune, Tu Liem district - the native country of Ly Ong Trong, 12km away from Hanoi capital. It is dedecated to Ly Ong Tran.

Ly Ong Trong was sent to assist the first emperor of  the Tan Dynasty in China and married his daughter during the second century BC. 

Chem Temple Festival is a big older festival in Hanoi  after Co Loa and Dong festivals. It involves water procession on river consists of 3 dragon boats on the Hong River, votive paper . . . and traditional folk games: racing,kite flying competitions,pigeons releasing. . . .

The temple contains two gilded wooden statues of Ly Than and his wife sculpted in 1888. It’s a relaxing place, with excellent views of the Red River

 

 JULY

Tra Co Village Festival
(North Vietnam)
(01/6 – lunar calendar )

This festival is held on 1st of June – lunar calendar; in the main place - Tra Co communal house, at Tra Co village, in Mong Cai town, Hai Ninh district, Quang Ninh Province -  350 km away from Hanoi; in memory of the  village’s God and General Nguyen Huu Cau - a peasant leader rose up in arms against the oppressive Le – Trinh dynasty.

In the ceremony, people pray to heaven and earth and divine protection for abundant fishing, prosperous trading, surplus crops and comfortable life.

Tra Co village is a very popular place with Vietnamese and foreign visitors. Apart from the solemn ceremony, there are also best breeding pigs contest, culinary contest. . . .

Quan Lan Village Festival
(North Vietnam)
(10/6 – lunar calendar )


AUGUST 

The festival is organized to commemorate the victory against the Mongol invaders in 1288, as well as the feat- day  of  Tran Khanh Du, a famous Tran General. They also pray for good off- shore fishing.
Quan Lan Communal House Festival is the village celebration for the inhabitants of  the island community of  Quan Lan that  is located  in  the centre of  ancient Van Ðon Harbour, Quan Ninh province.
On 10th  of  June -  lunar  calendar,  the ritual features of “closing village day"  are  the inhabitants cannot leave, but those who have moved away and other guests from the whole country are welcome.
The festivities of Quan Lan Communal House are comprised of a traditional rowing competition. The Quan Lan Communal House Festival  shows all  characteristics of traditional village festivals, but it  is particularly grandiose, expressing the military spirit of the Vietnamese in the struggle against foreign invaders.

Quan Lan Village Festival
(North Vietnam)
Late July to Early August

The festival is organized to commemorate the victory against the Mongol invaders in 1288, as well as the feat- day  of  Tran Khanh Du, a famous Tran General. They also pray for good off- shore fishing.
Quan Lan Communal House Festival is the village celebration for the inhabitants of  the island community of  Quan Lan that  is located  in  the centre of  ancient Van Ðon Harbour, Quan Ninh province.
On 10th  of  June -  lunar  calendar,  the ritual features of “closing village day"  are  the inhabitants cannot leave, but those who have moved away and other guests from the whole country are welcome.
The festivities of Quan Lan Communal House are comprised of a traditional rowing competition. The Quan Lan Communal House Festival  shows all  characteristics of traditional village festivals, but it  is particularly grandiose, expressing the military spirit of the Vietnamese in the struggle against foreign invaders.

Tet Trung Nguyen (Wandering Souls Day)
(North Vietnam)
Late August

This festival is considered as the time for the pardoning of condemned souls that  are  released from hell. Those which are "homeless" should be "fed" and appeased with offerings of food. Merits for the living are also earned by the release of birds and fish.

Apart from the  incensation, people would also burn other things such as paper houses, cars, servants and televisions to please the "homeless".

To the  Buddhism, this festival coincides with Vu Lan festivalthe Vietnamese transliteration for Ullambana.

At  present Vu Lan festival is also seen as Mother's Day. People give thanks to  mothers whereas  they  pray for the salvation of the deceased soul.

 

SEPTEMBER 

Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival
(North Vietnam)
Mid September

Do Son, a popular beach-side town three hours east of Hanoi, plays host to an annual Buffalo Fighting Festival every autumn, with water buffalo and their entourage of farmers and trainers arriving from all over northen mountainous, where they have been in isolated training for months..The bulls are led into a football stadium and lock horns

 Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival, is held every year on 9th of  August - lunar calendar. It is one of the popular Vietnam festivals & events in Haiphong City. The competing buffalos are selected and methodically trained from many months in advance.

Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival is a traditional festival of Vietnam attached to a Water God worshipping ceremony and the custom to show marital spirit of the local people in Do Son, Haiphong.

People say that  after eating the winning buffalo, people will get the luck, especially the seafaring people.

 

Mid-Autumn Festival
(All Areas)
Mid September

Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most popular family holidays. It is held on 15th of  August - lunar calendar.

Vietnamese families plan their activities around their children on this special day.  Parents would use the Mid-Autumn festival as an opportunity to show their love and appreciation for their children.

Appropriately, the Mid-Autumn Festival is also called the Children’s Festival. Parents buy lanterns for their children so that they can participate in a lantern procession at dawn. Vietnamese markets sell a variety of lanterns, but the most popular children’s lantern is the star lantern.

Other children’s activities include arts and crafts in which children make face masks and lanterns. Children also perform traditional Vietnamese dances for adults and participate in contests for prizes and scholarships. Vietnamese parents tell their children fairy tales and serve mooncakes and other special treats under the silvery moon.

 

Nghinh Ong Festival
(South Vietnam)
Late September

Nghinh Ong festival is held on 16th, 17th, 18th of August – lunar calendar ,by the regional residents’ participation. The edge of sea residents respect whale as the spiritual God who helps them in falling into calamity.

Early morning, the festival start with people group included old men, village communes…going up a big boat which decored with flowers, flags, altar and ancestral tablet, the five notes group, gongs, drums, and lion dances group come to the defined location for offering incense, alcohol.

Nghinh Ong is the occation of sea-farer who are wishing safe for themselves, catching more fishes and shrimps, the happy forever, full life

Come to the festival, tourists is enjoyed some items as follow: martial arts, dragon dances, Hat Boi…with harmony rhythm of gong sound, drum-beat in full incense.

 

Kiep Bac temple is located in Chi Linh district, Hai Duong province. This is a charming mountains and rivers area. The temple worships Hung Dao Vuong Tran Quoc Tuan - the national hero who was of great merit in the struggle against Mongolia invaders.

Kiep Bac Festival is celebrated every year on the death anniversary of Saint Tran. The place was one of  his hide- out  and the temple was built in the memory of the saint. The festival takes place from 15th  to  20  of  August - lunar calendar, when autumn is in its full bloom.

A pilgrimage to the Kiep Bac Temple Festival deemed  an  old  century Vietnamese custom  honoured Saint Tran. Millions of  people throng Kiep Bac Temple to participate in the festivities. Visitors who join Kiep Bac Temple Festival seem to live in the same atmosphere as when Tran Quoc Tuan arrayed his troops in the bank. The Vietnamese are very proud of the glorious traditions of the nation.

 

OCTOBER 

 

Keo Pagoda Festival
(North Vietnam)
Late October

The Keo Pagoda festival is annually held for three days, from 13th to 15th of  September - lunar calendar  to worship Buddhist Duong Khong Lo. He died on 3rd of  July – lunar calendar, the festival of Keo Pagoda starts on 13th  of  September – lunar calendar, 100 days after his death. The 14th of  September -  lunar  calendar  is his birthday. The festival lasts one more day, through the 15th because it is the day in the middle of the lunar month, usually marked by buddhists.

 All ceremonies continue in a more entertaining manner with more traditional games such as duck catching, rice cooking competition, firecrackers hurling contest.

Keo Pagoda Festival is a three days festival celebrating the traditional customs and religious ceremonies of Vietnam.

Co Le pagoda  festival takes place from 13th to 16th of  September -  lunar calendar, in Co Le town,  Truc Ninh district, Nam Dinh province

Co Le  pagoda has a 12-storey tower named Cuu Pham Lien Hoa, which lies on a big turtle. The tower is 32m in height, with eight sides, and 62 stairs to the peak.

The tower  is linked with the Buddist club house by a small bridge. On the left of the club house is Tran Hung Dao temple. Next to it is Lieu Hanh Temple.

The festival is very bustling with folk games, particularly a boat race. This festival is the most famous festival in the north.

Kate Festival
(South Vietnam)
End of October to Early November

The Kate Festival is held annually by the Cham ethnic group who inhabit the An Phuoc District of  Ninh Thuan Province, on the first ten days of  July of the Cham Calendar (this cooresponds with  September or October). The Kate Festival is an occasion for the Cham people to express their venerability to their god. This god is considered the creator of the universe and is thought of as a national hero. During this festival,  people go on a pilgrimage to the holy land of My Son and visit their friends and family. 
On the last ten days of June of  the Cham calendar, the Cham people bring precious gifts to their ancient Cham King. This ritual is held to thank their god beforehand and to ask for help in organizing the Kate Festival.

 

NOVEMBER 

Kate Festival
(South Vietnam)
End of October to Early November

The Kate Festival is held annually by the Cham ethnic group who inhabit the An Phuoc District of  Ninh Thuan Province, on the first ten days of  July of the Cham Calendar (this cooresponds with  September or October). The Kate Festival is an occasion for the Cham people to express their venerability to their god. This god is considered the creator of the universe and is thought of as a national hero. During this festival,  people go on a pilgrimage to the holy land of My Son and visit their friends and family. 
On the last ten days of June of  the Cham calendar, the Cham people bring precious gifts to their ancient Cham King. This ritual is held to thank their god beforehand and to ask for help in organizing the Kate Festival.

Oc Om Boc Festival is held on 15th of  December – lunar calendar, in Soc Trang province and  it is celebrated the  thank to  the moon god for bringing good crops, abundant fish in the river and maintain the health of all the villagers.

The most colorful event of the Oc Om Boc Festival is the flying of paper lanterns and placing banana tree ferries attached with lights in the river. This is believed to sweep away the darkness and humidity of the rainy season. Oc Om Boc Festival is also a festival of fun. The traditional Ngo boat (wooden boat carved on both bow and stern) race is the highlight of  the day next to the full moon night. This race is marked by the participation of many enthusiastic viewers who scream and encourage the participants to reach the finishing line first. The completion of the boat race signifies the completion of the villager’s responsibility to the moon god.

It is held on 16th to the end of August – lunar calendar, in Vinh long province.

The festival is an annual cultural event for Khmer people around the world, including the Khmer Krom people, to remember their past ancestors as well as the freedom fighters and soldiers who had sacrificed their lives for their nation. pray for peace and justice for one that is in the firing line and holds much international attention and the support of all Khmers and others around the globe.

Don Ta Festival
(South Vietnam)
Early to Mid November
Oc Om Boc Festival and Ngo boat contest
(South Vietnam)
Mid to Late November
Co Le Pagoda Festival
(North Vietnam)
Late October
Kiep Bac Temple Festival
(North Vietnam)
Late September

Chem Temple Festival
(North Vietnam)
(14/4 – 16/4 – lunar calendar )