Vietnam, with its rich tapestry of traditions, boasts a myriad of festivals that offer a glimpse into the country’s vibrant culture and heritage. Here are some must-experience festivals that will immerse you in the lively spirit of Vietnam.
1. Tet Nguyen Dan (Lunar New Year):
Celebrated in late January or early February, Tet is the most significant and widely celebrated festival in Vietnam. Experience colourful parades, traditional performances, and the iconic Dragon and Lion Dances. Don’t miss the festive atmosphere and traditional dishes associated with Tet.
2. Huong Pagoda Festival:
Taking place in the Perfume Pagoda, near Hanoi, this festival spans from January to March. Join pilgrims on a boat journey to the pagoda, nestled amid picturesque limestone mountains. The festival is a blend of religious rituals, cultural performances, and stunning natural scenery.
3. Mid-Autumn Festival (Tet Trung Thu):
Celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, usually in September, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a joyous occasion for families. Lantern processions, lion dances, and mooncakes mark this festival, creating a lively and colourful atmosphere making it one of the best things to do in Quy Nhon.
4. Yen Tu Festival:
Held at Yen Tu Mountain, this festival attracts pilgrims during the first months of the Lunar New Year. It’s associated with the founder of Truc Lam Zen Buddhism, and participants climb the mountain to visit pagodas and partake in spiritual activities. If you book in advance and plan out your stay, you can even get great offers and discounts from hotels such as Avani Quy Nhon Resort.
5. Hoi An Lantern Festival (Tet Nguyen Tieu):
Celebrated on the 15th day of the first lunar month, this festival transforms the ancient town of Hoi An into a magical spectacle of lantern-lit streets and vibrant cultural performances. Join locals in releasing lanterns into the Thu Bon River for good luck.