CULTURE 17

EVENTS & FESTIVALS     

Traditional village festivals are a great tradi­tion and a fundamental cultural practice in the daily lives of Vietnamese people. There are hundreds of village festivals each year. Each local festival has attributes of the ethnic group or the region where it is celebrated. In addi­tion, there are also national festivals.

Events

  • 3 February : Anniversary of the founding of • the Communist Party
  • 7 May: Anniversary of Dien Bien Phu Victory
  • 19 May: Birthday of President Ho Chi Minh

National Festivals

Tet Nguyen Dan (Lunar New Year Festival)

falls from the eve of the last lunar month to the 3rd day of the 1st lunar month.This is a time when family members gather together and offer incense on the family altar to honour their ancestors. This is also a time for people to visit and send greetings to their neigh­bours, friends, and relatives. Tet days are always regarded as an opportunity to enjoy traditional foods such as banh chung (a square-shaped sticky rice cake), the fra­grance of which alone could strongly provoke one’s sense of nostalgia for Tet.

Tet Thuong Nguyen (or Tet Nguyen Tieu) is

on 15th day of the 1st lunar month. Devout Buddhists celebrate at Buddhist Shrines. This is also called the anniversary of Buddha’s death.

Tet Han Thuc (cold goods) takes place on the 3rd day of the 3rd lunar month. People make offerings of banh troi and banh chay (rice flour doughnuts stuffed with bean paste or lumps of brown sugar).

Tet Thanh Minh (serene sky) falls on the 5th day of the 3rcl lunar month. This is an occa­sion for people to visit and tidy the burial mounds of relatives.

Tet Doan Ngo also called “Exterminating pest Day”, is on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month. It is tradition to get up early, bath, eat fruit and drink sticky-rice wine.

Tet Trung Nguyen (or Xa toi vong nhan) on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month. It is a fes­tival of the wandering souls of the forgotten dead. It is customary to release a bird into the sky and fish into water, and to make ceremo­nial offerings to the lost souls.

Tef Trung Thu (Mid-Autumn Festival) on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. This is a joyful occasion for children to beat drums, dance the lion’s dance, have lantern proces­sions, and eat pastries.

Tet Tao Quan (Household Gods) is on the 23rd day of the 12th month. It ends a year of working and heralds the coming of Tet Nguyen Dan.

Local Festivals The 1st lunar month

  • 5th: Lieu Doi Wrestling Festival in Lieu Doi Village, Liem Tuc Commune, Thanh Liem District, Ha Nam Province.
  • 5th: Dong Da Festival in Dong Da Cultural Park, Dong Da District, Ha Noi
  • 6th: Co Loa Festival in An Duong Vuong Temple, Dong Anh District, Ha Noi
  • 6Th: Giong Festival in Soc Temple, Phu Linh

Commune, Soc Son District, Ha Noi

  • 6th: Perfume Pagoda Festival in My Duc District, Ha Noi
  • 6th: Ha Loi Tempe Festival in Me Linh District, Ha Noi (.
  • 8th: Vieng Market Festival in Vu Ban District, Nam Dinh Province .
  • 10th: Yen Tu Festival in Yen Tu Site, Uong Bi City, Quang Ninh Province.
  • 13th: Lim Folk Song Festival in Tien Du District, Bac Ninh Province.
  • 15Th: Va Temple Festival in Van Gia Village, Son Tay Town, Ha Noi .
  • 15th: Ba Den Mountain Festival in Tay Ninh Province .

The 2nd lunar month

  • 5th: Dong Nhan Temple Festival in Hai Ba Trung District, Ha Noi .
  • 10th: Khao le the linh Hoang Sa in Ly Son Island, Quang Ngai Province. –12th: Chu Dong Tu Temple Festival in Da Trach District, Hung Yen Province.
  • 19Th: Quan The Am Festival in Ngu Hanh Son Mountain, Da Nang City.
  • 21st: Ba Trieu Temple Festival in Hau Loc District, Thanh Hoa Province .

The 3rd lunar month

  • 6th; Tay Phuong Pagoda Festival in Thach That District, Ha Noi.
  • 7th: Thay Pagoda Festival in Quoc Oai District, Ha Noi .
  • 8th: Phu Day Festival in Vu Ban District, Nam Dinh Province .
  • 10th: Hung King Temple Festival in Viet Tri City, Phu Tho Province .
  • 10th: Truong Yen Festival in Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province .
  • 15th: Do Temple Festival in Tu Son Town, Bac Ninh Province .

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