Festivals in Vietnam

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1. Hanoi and around
Lim Festival
Venue: Bac Ninh
Date: The 13th day of the first lunar month
Hilights: Quan ho singing on the hills, boats or at home

Perfume Pagoda Festival
Venue: Ha Tay (65 km from Hanoi)
Date: from The 4 th day of the first lunar month, lasting for next 3 months
Highlight: Pilgrims paying visit to this largest Buddhist site

Tram Gian Pagoda Festival
Venue: Chuong My District (30 km from Hanoi)
Date: From the 4th to the 6th day of the first lunar month
Highlight:: Palanquin procession of the God, vegetarian meal contest and puppetry show

Flower Villages
Growing flowers and ornamental plants has long existed in Vietnam, but became a traditional profession in Hanoi with the renowned villages of flowers, such as Nghi Tàm, Quảng Bá, Ngọc Hà and Nhật Tân

2. Hue- Hoi An in the Central
Gia Lac Spring Fair Festival
Venue: Phu Thuong Commune, Phu Vang District, Thua Thien-Hue Province.
Date:  1st to the 3rd day of the first lunar month.
Objects of worship: Dinh Vien Cong, 6th son of King Gia Long.
Highlight:: Spring festive holiday, organized only in 3 days of Tet every year.

The festival was organized during Minh Mang Dynasty, but at first it was confined inside the royal families and later it became the spring fair for everyone. The market opens from the first day morning of Tet in Gia Lac, 3km from the center of Hue City, toward Vi Da. Goods are abundant and change every year, from household utensils to toys for children, cakes, fruits and food, especially barbecued beef (or veal) - an indispensable dish in Tet holiday at Gia Lac.

Many games take place in the festive days, including sing the songs of bai choi, bai ve, gia gao (sing while pounding the rice), repartee songs... People go to Gia Lac Spring Fair Festival pray for lucks and entertainment.

Thai Duong festival
Venue Thai Duong Village, Thuan An Commune, Phu Vang District, Thua Thien Hue Province
Date: 23rd day of the twelfth lunar month..
Objects of worship: Goddess Thai Duong (miraculous mystical stone).
Highlight: Procession of the Goddess to Thai Duong Shrine for making sacrifice gian.   

Sinh Village Wrestling Festival
Venue: Thu Le Communal House, Quang Phu Commune, Quang Dien District.
Date: 10th day of the 1st lunar month
Highlight: The wrestling competitions of Sinh village are a beautiful tradition; they uphold the spirit of respect for martial arts of the inhabitants of Hue over the past 6 centuries.

Cau Ngu Festival/ Ca ong festival/ Whale festival
Venue: Thuan An Beach
Date: 10th-12nd day of the 1st Lunar month
Highlight: They worship the Whale not only because it is their respect for the Gods but also because it is related to the prosperity of the whole village. "Mr." is the honorable name that fishermen call the whale because they usually save the fishermen from the accidents

Madam Thu Bon Festival
Venue: Duy Tan Commune, Duy Xuyen District, Quang Nam Province.
Date: From the 10th to the 12th day of the second lunar month
Objects of worship: Madam Thu Bon (the Cham).
Highlight: Boat racing, a procession of palanquin.

Lantern festival on Tet holiday 2009 in Hoi An
The festival will start on 25 Jan 2009 (30th of 12nd month of Lunar new year) till end of Tet.
The festival will take place on the side of Chua Cau Bridge and along of Hoai river. Focus on traditional lantern style combine with modern style

Agriculture Genie procession Festival
Venue: Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province.
Date: The 1st day of the third lunar month.
Objects of worship: Agriculture Genie.
Highlight: The festival is mainly for grazing buffalo children, a procession and praying the Agriculture Genie for good weather and a bumper crop.

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vietnam Festival rituals

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Festivals require many compulsory rituals, which are carried out in a strict order from the preparation to the ending of a festival. In general, a festival has the following rituals: Statue washing rite is performed at mid-night of the day before the festival. This rite is preceded by a ceremony of water procession in some places. A ceremony to inform gods must be held prior to this statue-washing rite. Next is the rite of wearing hats and costumes for gods' statues or putting them in their worshipping tablets if gods have no statue. After that, the more..

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Lunar New Year (held allover Vietnam)

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Tet - Vietnamese and Chinese Lunar New Year, is the most important Festival of Vietnamese people. This scared Festival sometime between late January or early February (depend on Lunar Calendar ) and Tet has become so familiar to the Vietnamese that when Spring arrives, the Vietnamese, wherever they may be, are all thrilled and excited with the advent of Tet, and they feel an immense nostalgia, wishing to come back to their homeland for a family reunion and a taste of the particular flavours of the Vietnamese festivities.

Although officially a three-day affair, festivities more..

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Oc Om Boc Festival in Vietnam

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Oc Om Boc Festival, Vietnam is a religious ceremony when the moon god of Kho Me minority group is worshipped in Soc Trang Province of South Vietnam. One of the most prominent of the festivals of Vietnam, it falls in October as per the Gregorian Calendar and on December 15th of the Buddhist calendar.

Oc Om Boc Festival, Vietnam is celebrated to thank the moon god for bringing good crops, abundant fish in the river and maintain the health of all the villagers. The moon deity is offered prayers to shower her blessings upon the villagers and lead them to more..

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New Year's Day in Vietnam

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The New Year’s Day is celebrated with great festivities and fervor around the world and Asia is no exception. Nevertheless it is a fact the New Year’s Day in Vietnam or in other Asian Countries is not the same as the West. This is because most of the Asian nations go by the lunar calendar especially while celebrating their festivals. However leaving aside the traditions for a while youth and the general crowd in Vietnam go all the way out to welcome the New Year’s Day in Vietnam along with the rest of the world.

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