If you are interested to travel to Vietnam and keen to experience one or maybe more than its colorful and cultural festivals then you must read the following article.
Lunar New Year, Vietnam Tet Holiday
There is no more colorful time to be in Vietnam than during the days leading up to the Lunar New year ( known as “Tet Nguyen Dan” or “Tet”), the most important as well as the most widely and heartily celebrated traditional festival in Vietnam. Since the first days of lunar year are thought to set the tone for the next 12 months, everyone strives to plan a perfect Tet.
As preparation for the TET is completed and houses are well-stocked with food and sweets, families get together to share an evening meal on the last day of the 12th lunar month. Food and drink is offered to the family ancestors and they are invited to join the family for the vacation. Before the family begins to eat, the family group will raise their glasses in the first toast to the New Year. Afterwards, it is customary to join the throngs of people in the streets to take in the local firework display.
The first few days of Tet are spent in relaxation with one’s family. Indeed, many shops and businesses are closed during this time. Spending time with family, paying visits to friends, relatives and neighbors and hearty meals for all those who drop by are hallmarks of this joyous time of year for Vietnamese people.
Located 18km from Hanoi, Lim village is the place where is well known for its impressive festivals. The most typical Lim Festival feature is Quan Ho singing. It is the well- organized Quan Ho folk song that attracts thousands of visitors to come here to enjoy singing competitions between the country’s most skilled “lien anh” (male singers) and “lien chi” (female singers). In addition, visitors come to enjoy the weaving competition of the Noi Due girls who weave and sing Quan Ho songs at the same time. Like other religious festivals, the Lim Festival goes through all the ritual stages, from the procession to the worshipping ceremony, and includes other activities.
PERFUME PAGODA FESTIVAL
Vietnam’s most celebrated festival is held each February at the Perfume Pagoda, 70km southwest of Hanoi. It is the most famous Buddhist pilgrimage site in northern Vietnam and every year literally tens of thousands of pilgrims travel to the sacred cave to pray for happiness and prosperity for the coming year. Unlike many other festivals, the Huong Pagoda Festival does not only focus on traditional games, but rather romantic trips to caves, pagodas and temples and participation in ceremonies to beseech favors from Lord Buddha. The trip to the cave which is set high up in a limestone.
Cow Racing Festival
Held in late October and early November of each year and mostly celebrated in pagodas and Khmer households in An Giang Province to remember the ancestral merits, wishing happiness and peace for the deceased’s souls, In this festival, the ox racing which is held in a large ground surrounded by high earthen ramparts where spectators can stand. The racing lane is 100m long and 4m wide each racing tournament involves 38 pairs of oxen selected from competition in commune level. Most of the oxen have strong postures: big heads, straight backs, solid bones, long tails, small ears, round necks and gentle eyes.
Elephant racing festival in central Vietnam
This annual festival is held in the 3rd lunar month in Don Village near the Sevepoi River in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak. The race track is on a ground which is large enough for 10 elephants to stand in a line simultaneously whilst the length of the track is from 1 to 2 km. After the sound of the horn, the mahouts command their elephants to move to the starting point. The horn signals the start of the race, and the elephants rush ahead amidst the resounding cry of the spectators the sound of the drums, gongs. At the end of the race, the winning elephants raise their trunks to salute the crowd and receive sugarcane from them. However, there is other similar festival which called Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival which held in Hai Phong city.
Bai Dinh Pagoda festival
This festival held in sixth day of the first lunar month in Sinh Duoc village. The festival is held to worship the Buddha as well as the honor to many significant historical events related to national heroes like Quang Trung, Dinh Bo Linh.
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