List of traditional festivals in Vietnam

For Vietnamese, the traditional festivals are particularly important events of cultural life. The festivals are the real grandiose monography of history, which show the habits, behavior and folklore of Vietnam. There are hundreds of festivals in the year round, each of them bears the specific feature of every ethnic group, every part of country.

Viillage festival, a traditional cultural feature of Vietnamese countryside

Viillage festival, a traditional cultural feature of Vietnamese countryside

Below are the major festivals in Vietnam:

On the Occasion of Vietnamese Lunar New Year

  • In the North: Birds releasing festival
  • In the Southern: Buffalo slaughtering festival and drinking Can wine highland: of the minority tribes
  • In Tay Ninh: People enjoy the Black lady’s festival.

January

  • 30 Dec – 7 Jan: Rice cooking contest at Tu Trong village in Thanh Hoa province
  • 2 Jan: Traditional wresting at Lieu Doi village, Ha Nam province
  • 3 – 5 Jan: Horse race in Quang Ngai province (women also joint the race)
  • 5 Jan: Dong Da victory festival in memory of King Quang Trung who destroyed 290,000 foreign invaders
  • 6 Jan: Co Loa festival in memory of King An Duong Vuong who built up the citadel for oystershell shape
  • 13 Jan: Lim – Quan ho song recital festival in Bac Ninh province

February

  • 6 Feb: Two sister’s festival in Hanoi to memorize heroines Trung Trac and Trung Nhi who fought against Chinese and declared independence for Vietnam in AD 40
  • 15 Feb: Huong pagoda festival – the most scenic in the North of Vietnam

 

March

  • 6 March: Tay Phuong pagoda pilgrimage
  • 7 March: Thay pagoda pilgrimage/Water puppet festival
  • 10 March: Hung King temple festival in memory the first King who set up Vietnam
  • 23 March: Le Mat village festival, villages live on catching snakes
Lion dance is part of many festivals in Vietnam

Lion dance is part of many festivals in Vietnam

April

  • 9 April: Giong festival in memory of the mythical hero Giong village

July

  • 30 July: Le Van Duyet festival in Ho Chi Minh City

August

  • 1 5 August: Children’s Mid – Autumn festival. Moon cake festival, children play lanterns and sing in the moonlight
  • 16 – 20 August: Festival in Kiep Bac temple in memory of the national hero Tran Hung Dao who fought against Chinese in the 13th century. Festival in Con Son to memories Nguyen Trai a national hero in 15th century

September

  • 13 September: Keo pagoda pilgrimage, there are many folk games

October

  • 15 October: Lantern festival for the moon in the South west of Vietnam by Khmer people
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