Travelers who have fascination for festivity then Vietnam is an ideal place to reach where as far as hundreds festivals take place round the year. In Vietnam tradition there lies a wide range of colorful cultural festivals and events, from the local areas to the national scale. Most of them occur in spring from Jan to March on the lunar calendar. There are two main activities in Vietnam’s festival: ceremonial rites to respect the spirits off heroes and entertaining activities (traditional folk games, art performances…). These holidays usually attract people from other regions come to join.
The following are some important Vietnamese festivals:
Bai Dinh Temple festival
The spring festival of Bai Dinh Temple starts on the 6th of the first lunar month and lasts till the end of the third lunar month. The festival draws thousands people and pilgrims. Buddhist rites are performed in the New Temple in conjunction with the traditional rituals from the Old Temples.
Perfume Pagoda festival
The Perfume Pagoda is a vast complex of Buddhist temples and shrines built into the limestone Huong Tich Mountains. It is the site of a religious festival which attract large numbers of pilgrims throughout the country make their way to Huong Tich cave and the other temples. The festival is the longest lasting in Vietnam, officially begins on 15th Feb on the lunar calendar. The festival is seen by some as a good chance for young people to find romance and begin courtships.
The traditional Giong Festival is celebrated annually in many parts of Hanoi – the capital to honor the mythical hero, Thanh Giong or Saint Giong, who is credited with defending the country against northern invaders. The festival was recognized by UNESCO as the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Saint Giong is one of the Four Immortals of Vietnam.
In Vietnam, public holidays are the days almost officers and workers get the days off work. If a public (or national) holiday fall on weekend, people will get one more day off from Monday to Friday. On these occasions, most people flock to tourist attractions for relaxing, thus the cost for accommodation, transportation or food will increase significantly. So make sure to book all services in advance.
• 01 January: New Year’s Day (Tet Duong Lich)
• January or February: Tet (Vietnamese New Year – Tet Nguyen Dan): The most important holiday of the year. Normally, it is a three-day national holiday, often in January or February. However, people often take more days off because it is the chance for family union after a year hard working. Almost activities are closed on these days.
• Hung King commemoration: On the 10th day of the 3rd lunar month.
• 30 April: Reunification Day – The fall of Saigon and reunification of Vietnam in 1975
• 01 May: International Worker’s Day
• 02 September: National Day commemorating the Vietnam Declaration of Independence from France in 1945.