The principal holidays and festival in Vietnam

By Custom Vietnam Travel | Updated 1/5/2019

Festivals in Vietnam offer visitors the best opportunity for getting up close and personal with the myths, customs and fun-loving spirit of this proud nation. Despite undergoing modern developments, Vietnam is still a predominantly traditional country, with thousands of pagodas and shrines dedicated to Buddha as well as various deities and iconic figures.

There are also plenty of cultural events that are only celebrated during certain times of the year (or years), so you’ll never know when one decides to pop up during your travels. We’ve compiled a list of the principal holidays and festival in Vietnam, and while they’re celebrated just about anywhere in the country, we’ve included some suggestions on the best places so that you can fully experience these one-of-a-kind events during your holiday.

  1. Tet Holiday – Lunar new year

The Lunar New Year is the largest festival in the traditional festivals of Vietnam that we can not miss on the list of the principal holidays and festival in Vietnam, the intersection between the old year and the new year, between a cycle of operation of the sky and the sky and everything.

The family are preparing for Tet holiday

The Vietnamese Lunar New Year has a profoundly humane meaning, showing the longevity of life, people's aspirations for the harmony of Heaven - Earth - People. Chinese New Year is the expression of the relationship between people and nature in the spirit of agricultural culture; with clans and villages in the ethnic community; with sacred faith, sublime in the spiritual life ...

People are making Chung Cake in Tet holiday

Chung cake - a traditional cake during Tet holiday

Vietnamese people have a custom every year when Tet comes, no matter what their profession, wherever they are, they wish to return to reunite with their family for 3 days of the New Year, to pray before the ancestor altar, revisit the church, the tomb, the well, the yard, ... be resurrected with memories full of love of beloved childhood. According to the concept of Vietnamese people, the New Year's Day is the day of reuniting.

Tray of five fruits tet holiday vietnam


Ask for letters on tet holiday vietnam

Chinese New Year (also known as Tet, Lunar New Year, New Year or simply: Tet) is the most important occasion in the culture of Vietnamese people and some people. ethnic group influenced by Chinese culture.

Howerver, because the Vietnamese lunar calendar is different from China, the Chinese New Year is not entirely coincident with the Chinese New Year and other countries influenced by Chinese culture.

Base on the Lunar Calendar, the Lunar New Year is later than the New Year. Due to the 3-leap year rule of the lunar calendar, the first day of the Lunar New Year is never before January 21 of the Gregorian calendar and after February 19 of the Gregorian calendar but usually falls between late January and mid-February. Calendar. The entire Lunar New Year usually lasts about 7 to 8 days at the end of the old year and the first 7 days of the new year (December 23 to the end of January 7).

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Children recieve lucky money on Tet holiday


2. Hue festival

Hue Festival is a biannual celebration that takes place in UNESCO-listed Hue City, where you can enjoy an array of cultural events, games, and performances held over a week. Founded in 2000, the festival was held to preserve traditional customs that were practised during the Nguyen Dynasty. If you’re visiting Hue in April, May or June, expect unique showcases such as the Hue Poetry Festival, Dialogue of Drums and Percussions, and Ao Dai Fashion Shows, sporting activities like kite flying, boat racing, and human chess, as well as street performances, film screenings and art exhibitions.

The picutures of Hue festival in 2019

3 Perfume Festival

Perfume Festival draws throngs of local pilgrims from all over Vietnam to Hanoi’s iconic Perfume Pagoda, where they to pray for a prosperous year and pay their respects to Buddha. The pilgrimage starts with a dragon dance at Den Trinh Pagoda on the 15th day of the 1st Lunar, where pilgrims (and even travellers) travel by boat along the Yen River to the base of Huong Mountain, passing by limestone caves and rice fields. The journey continues on foot by climbing hundreds of stone steps towards Huong Tich Cave, offering a colourful display of food offerings, statues of deities, lit incenses, and praying locals.

The first day of Chua Huong Festival - perfume festival

4. Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival, held on the 14th and 15th day of the lunar month, features a wide range of activities such as children carrying paper lanterns, lion dances, and food booths selling mooncakes, sticky rice, fruits, and various sweets. Also known as the harvest festival, households set up an altar during the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival, on which they display offerings in honour of the full moon.

Stunning pictures in mid-autumn festival

6. Hoi An Lantern Festival

Hoi An Lantern Festival is a monthly event that transforms the quaint UNESCO World Heritage Site into a spectacular display of paper lanterns. On the 14th day of each lunar month, every shop, restaurant, bar and businesses in the Ancient Town switches off all electricity and relies on hundreds of candles and lanterns. Meanwhile, entrance to all temples is free of charge, where you can see monks and locals holding candlelit ceremonies.

Stunning pictures in Hoi An Lantern Festival

7. Lim Festival

Lim festival is where you can enjoy UNESCO-listed quan ho folk singing performances and a wide range of traditional games during your visit. Held on the 12th and 13th day of the first lunar month, several stages are built within the village where you get to see locals performing in traditional costumes. We highly recommend heading over to the lake outside the Lim Communal House to catch quan ho singing performance on a dragon boat. Lim Festival also hosts folk games such as danh du (bamboo swings), cockfighting, tug-of-war, wrestling, human chess, and blind man’s bluff.

Beautiful pictures in Lim festival

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