Extraordinary Events

Tet (Lunar New Year Festival)

(Annual)
Tet - Vietnamese and Chinese Lunar New Year, is the most important Festival of Vietnamese people. This is the New Year celebration when family members reunite and bring offerings to the family altar in order to honour the ancestors.
 

Cua Ong Temple Festival

(Annual)
Held in Cua Ong Temple, Quang Ninh Province, in memory of Tran Quoc Tang, the third son of Tran Hung Dao, who defeated many enemies and brought peace to the region in the 13rd century.
 

Dong Da Festival

(Annual)
On the early morning of the 5th day of Tet Ky Dau (in the first lunar month of 1789), King Quang Trung defeated the Qin troops at Dong Da Hill, which became a glorious historical site of Vietnamese nation. Ever since, on the 5th annual of the first lunar month, Hanoi people hold a festival to celebrate this historic victory.
 

Perfume Pagoda Festival

(Annual)
The Perfume Pagoda (also called Huong pagoda) is, without doubt, the most famous Buddhist pilgrimage site in northern Vietnam. Every year, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims travel to this sacred cave to pray for happiness and prosperity in the coming year.
 

Co Loa Festival

(Annual)
Takes place every year at An Duong Vuong Temple, in Dong Anh District, on the outskirts of Hanoi. Co Loa commemorates Thuc Phan An Duong Vuong, to whom the 18th Hung King gave his throne. Twelve hamlets take part in a procession for the Spirits. The festival includes many games and competitions plus Tru and Cheo performances.
 

Trieu Khuc Village Festival

(Annual)
The festival is organized every year to commemorate the Phung Hung and to glorify the weaving profession. This is a cultural activity in the traditional handicraft village of Trieu Khuc, Tan Trieu Commune, Thanh Tri District, Hanoi. This village is particularly famous for its pretty hats with fringed chinstraps winning praise in folk songs and proverbs.
 

Sinh Village Wrestling Festival

(Annual)
Sinh is situated on the south bank of the Perfume River, in Huong Phu District, Thua Thien Hue Province. The festival often takes place on the ninth and tenth days of the first lunar month with wrestling competition being the major part of the event.
 

Yen Tu Festival

(Annual)
Tens of thousands of pilgrims begin their journey after a solemn ritual held at the base of Yen Tu Mountain. After the three-hour trekking along winding path, going through forests of pines or bamboos, tourists reach the Bronze Pagoda atop the mountain. Upon getting up there all visitors feel like entering Nirvana.
 

Lim Festival

(Annual)
As Spring approaches, duets of Quan Ho folk songs can be heard all over Bac Ninh. Taking turns to sing, couples improvise words, each responding to the other, flirting and generally establishing the ground for more serious courtship. The Lim Festival is the most important place for this charming local custom, as the surrounding villages come here for the competition of Quan Ho teams.
 

Thuong Temple Spring Festival

(Annual)
The spring festival is organized at the cutural center of Lao Cai Ward and Thuong and Mau Temples. The ceremonies include the opening festival, processions of the Holy Mother and Thien hau Nuong; worshipping ceremony takes place on the 14th day, thanksgiving ceremony is on the 15th day to pray for peaceful and prosperous things to everyone.
 

Ba Den Mountain Festival

(Annual)
The ceremonies include the opening festival, processions of the Holy Mother and Thien hau Nuong; worshipping ceremony takes place on the 14th day, thanksgiving ceremony is on the 15th day to pray for peaceful and prosperous things to everyone. Vieng Market Festival Feb 2008 (Annual) At this spring market, people buy and sell handicraft products, antiquities, utensils, tools for agriculture production, and many kinds of ornamental plants. Specialities are barbecued beef and giay cake. All of those things are thought to bring health and luckiness for the new year.
 

Long Tong Festival

(Annual)
Over thousands of years of national construction and defence, the ethnic people along the northern border areas have created a rich and diverse cultural tradition, of which festivals are considered an important factor in their spiritual life with unique and distinctive features. One of them is the Long Tong Festival by the Tay ethnic people which includes lion dances, Chinese chess, and ethnic songs.
 

Hon Chen Temple Festival

(Annual)
This is the traditional festival in Hue with many rites. The Holy Mother procession takes place on the Huong River at night. In the festival night, everyone wears dresses in clothes with splendid turbans and tunics and they all look like princes and princesses in the Nguyen Dynasty. At the end of the festival are ceremonies of releasing and floating anterns.
 

Chu Dong Tu Festival

(Annual)
The Vietnamese fishing village of Da Trach in Hai Hung Province has a folk festival which remembers a herocic 16th century fisherman. Once a year, villages in traditional ao dais and sarongs make their way to the temple of Chu Dong Tu to make offerings of incense, flowers and candles.
 

Hung Temple Festival

(Annual)
Organized at Hung Kings Temple Nghia Linh Mount, Hy Cuong Commune, Phu Tho Province. This event not only attracts visitors from all over the country because of its special traditional cultural activities, but it is also a sacred trip back in time to the origins of the Vietnamese nation. People usually show their love and pride of their homeland and ancestral land.
 

Bat Trang Village Festival

(Annual)
Bat Trang Village is famous for pottery. The village festival involves water procession, ancestral tablet washing, a procession of ancestral tablet to the communal house to worship. The offering to the village's tutelary god is a barbecued young fat buffalo.
 

Quan Am Festival

(Annual)
Quan Am (Avalokitesvara) Festival on Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang is organized on the 19th day of the second lunar month. Like other traditional festivals, Quan Am (Avalokitesvara) Festival on Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang consists of two parts: the religious ceremony and the festival itself. The former takes place with the rituals of Buddhism.
 

Thay Pagoda Festival

(Annual)
This festival takes place in an elaborate pagoda said to be built on the ashes of a Vietnamese folk hero and is especially famous for the performances of traditional water puppetry. It is dedicated to folk hero Dao Hanh, who was an eminent Buddhist monk during the rule of the Ly Dynasty (1010-1225AD), the first power to successfully overthrow the Chinese in Vietnam.
 

Truong Yen Festival

(Annual)
Held in Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh Province. This is an important event in attracting many participants. The festival commemorates King Dinh Tien Hoang, who reunited the country, and King Le Dai Hanh, who defeated foreign invaders. The two most solemn rituals of the festival are water procesion and sacrifices – offering ceremony.
 

Do Temple Festival

(Annual)
Held annually in Do Temple, in Tu Son District, Bac Ninh Province, in commemoration of the 8 Kings of the Ly Dynasty. It lasts four days and involves a procession, folk games, human chess contest, and wrestling competition.
 

Thap Ba – Po Nagar Festival

(Annual)
The Po Nagar Festival is biggest religious festival in the region, is held at Po Nagar Tower which located on the hill near the mouth of Cai River, north of Nha Trang City. The festival is organize to commemorate the Mother of the Region who, according to Cham legend, created the homeland, maintained race, discoved rice tree, and taught people how to cultivate.
 

Tay Ho Temple Festival

(Annual)
Tay Ho Temple was built in the 16th century to worship Mother Lieu Hanh, who possessed exquisite talent for playing music, singing and writing poem. She was also called Thanh Mau (Saint Mother) for her kindness. The festival is held annually on the 3rd day of the third lunar month to mark her anniversary.
 

Elephant Race Festival

(Annual)
Elephant Races take place in the village of Don or in the forests near the Sevepoi River (Dac Lak) every spring (during the third lunar month). This festival is the biggest in the Middle Highlands and is typical of the M'nong ethnic group, who are known for their bravery and skill in wild elephant hunting.
 

Saint Giong Festival

(Annual)
The Giong Festival is held annually in Phu Dong village, Gia Lam district, Hanoi, on the 9th day of the 4th month of the lunar calendar. The date commemorates Saint Giong who defeated An invaders. In order to show their gratitude to the hero of Giong Village, who sacrificed his life to fight the invaders, people have proclaimed him Saint Giong.
 

Chem Temple Festival

(Annual)
Held in Thuy Phuong, Tu Liem District, Hanoi to celebrate the Ly Ong Trong, a legendary hero who helped the Chinese Emperor Tan Thuy Hoang defeat the Mongolian invaders. The entertainment includes a water procession.
 

Ba Chua Xu Temple Festival

(Annual)
The Ba Chua Xu Temple Festival, also called the Via Ba ceremony, is held from the 23-27 of the fourth lunar month, on the Sam mountain just outside of Chau Doc, and is the biggest folk festival of South Vietnam.. Normally there are four ceremonies to be held at the festival, namely the statue of Ba Chua washing rite, Tuc Yen rite, Xay Chau rite, Chanh Te rite.
 

Quan Lan Festival

(Annual)
The festival is organized to commemorate the victory against the Mongol invaders in 1288, as well as the feats of Tran Khanh Du, a famous Tran general. Quan Lan Communal House Festival which is the village-wide celebration for the inhabitants of the island community of Quan Lan is located the central area of the ancient Van Don Harbour.
 

Tra Co Festival

(Annual)
Held in Quang Ninh Province, in memory of the establishment of the ancient fishing village of Tra Co - the site where one first place the pen on the map to draw the S - shaped character of Vietnam.
 

Kiep Bac Temple Festival

(Annual)
Kiep Bac Temple Festival, one of the biggest festival, takes place annually in the fall from the 15th to the 20th of the eighth lunar month. The temple worships Hung Dao Vuong Tran Quoc Tuan - the national hero who was of great merit in the struggle against Mongolia invaders.
 

Cham New Year

(Annual)
The festival first takes place in the towers and mausoleums, and then moves to homes. Locally, it typically begins at the Cham Towers overlooking Phan Thiet. This festival is an occasion to celebrate heroes and spirits (Po Nagar), kings of merit (Kings Po Klong Garai and Po Ro Me), and their people.
 

Da Communal House Festival

(Annual)
Da Communal House worships Princess Nguyet Nga, a talented general of the Trung sisters. This festival includes palanquin procession, Agriculture Genie worshiping ceremony and games such as wrestling and rowing which are thought to create warm atmosphere and show the high spiritual demand of participants.
 

Mid – Autumn Festival

(Annual)
This festival falls on the time when the moon is full, the farm work is at rest, and the weather is cool and fresh. Traditionally it’s celebrated with moon cakes made of sticky rice filled with lotus seeds, watermelon seeds, the yolks of duck eggs and sugar. Singing, dancing, beating drums, eating pastries and parading colourful lanterns in the shape of the moon or stars, are the main activities.
 

Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival

(Annual)
The Buffalo Fight in Do Son (Haiphong City) is officially held every year on the 9th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. The preparation for this festival is very elaborate. Fighting buffaloes must be carefully selected, well fed, and trained. These buffaloes must be between 4 and 5 years old, with a good appearance, a wide chest, a big groin, a long neck, an acute bottom, and bow shaped horns.
 

Nghinh Ong Festival

(Annual)
The biggest water festival of its kind is held fishermen in Ba Ria, Vung Tau Province. Takes place at Thang Tam Communal House, in Vung Tau City. On festival days, the temples are decorated with flower garlands and colourful lanterns are hung during the night. Classical drama performances and folk song performances are the main attraction.
 

Co Le Pagoda Festival

(Annual)
The festival is dedicated to Superior Bronze Nguyen Minh Khong, a founder of the bronze casting craft. The festival covers solemn rites and unique traditional folk games, such as swimming, wrestling, human chess, etc, attracting visitors nationwide.
 

Kate Festival

(Annual)
This festival takes place at Poklong Garai Tower, Po Rome Tower, Po Nagar Tower on the 1st of the 7th month according to the Cham calendar. Held in memory of national heroes, King Poklong and King Porome of the Champa kingdom. People from the surrounding areas gather at the towers to attend the ceremony.
 

Oc Om Boc Festival

(Annual)
This religious festival is usually held on December 15th of the Buddhist Calendar to worship the moon god of the Kho Me minority group who brings about good crops, provides abundant fish in the rivers, and maintains the health of human beings.
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