Vietnam is a country with long and rich cultures. There is a wide range of colourful festivals and events, which vary from different ethnic groups, with the aim of expressing respect to the country’s builders and heroes as well as commemorating remarkable events. Get some knowledge about the most popular festivals in Vietnam and don’t forget to celebrate them with your nice Vietnamese ladies. You can also share your thoughts about the colorful festivals with her.
International New Year’s Day
Most of the festivals, anniversaries and traditional cultural events of Vietnam follow the lunar calendar. However, as the Gregorian calendar is now widely used, Vietnam also celebrates the international New Year’s Day on 1 January to keep up with the modern traditions of the world.
Vietnam Lunar New Year Festival
The Lunar New Year Festival, one of the most important holidays in Vietnam, normally falls between late January and early February according to the lunar calendar. Officially, the festival falls on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd day of the lunar calendar. However, locals often spend about a month to celebrate this special event.
Bai Dinh Pagoda Festival
The spring festival of Bai Dinh Pagoda takes place from the first day of New Year, officially starting on the 6th day and lasting until the end of the third lunar month. The festival is the perfect start for pilgrimages towards the imperial capital Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh province.
Huong Pagoda Festival
Together with the Bai Dinh and Yen Tu Pagoda Festival, the Huong Pagoda Festival is among the greatest Buddhist festivals in northern Vietnam. The Huong Pagoda Festival plays an important role in the spiritual life of Vietnamese people, particularly in Vietnamese Buddhists.
The Giong Festival is celebrated in spring in several parts of Hanoi to commemorate Saint Giong, one of the four immortals of Vietnam. He was a great hero in Vietnam’s mythology, with his splendid merit in defending the country against foreign enemies.
Vu Lan Festival
The Vu Lan Festival, also known as the Vietnamese Mother’s Day or Trung Nguyen, as it is the day for lost souls to be in the search of mercy. This festival takes place on the 15th day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar.
The day of the Mid-Autumn (Trung Thu) Festival is when the moon is at its brightest in the year. According to legends, this holiday originated from a Chinese story in which an Emperor of the Duong (Tang) Dynasty, Duong Minh Hoang, was taken to the moon by a wizard named La Cong Vien.