Going to the Spring Festival is a joy and a cultural beauty since ancient times. In Vietnam, there are festivals to commemorate the ancestors, festivals to wish good luck, or simply to meet the affair.
Long Tong Festival, Tuyen Quang
Long Tong Festival is a traditional festival of Tay ethnic people in Tuyen Quang province, Vietnam. The festival is held on the lunar 8th of January every year with the wish of a new year of rain, wind, bumper harvest, warm family, happy.
The Dong Ky firefighters’ festival
The festival was held from lunar 4 to 6 January, Dong Ky village (Dong Quang commune, Tu Son district, Bac Ninh province, Vietnam) commemorated the echoes of Thien Cuong god. This is the military general who was worshiped as the protector god of the villages, who ordered troops to fight again the Norther invadres, 4000 years ago.
Yen Tu Festival in Quang Ninh
Yen Tu Festival in Quang Ninh is called as one of the Buddhist centers of Vietnam, Yen Tu in the festival time attracts thousands of pilgrims. Yen Tu Festival is held every year starting in lunar January 10th and lasts until March (lunar calendar). Every year, to the festival, visitors flock to Yen Tu (Quang Ninh) early in the morning, eagerly climbing to reach the bronze temple located on the sacred mountain.
Go Thuy Thuy Horse Racing, Phu Yen
The festival is held on lunar January 9, at Go Thuy Thung, An Xuan Commune, Tuy An District. Although participating in the race is the daily horse riders and horsemen are honest farmers, but on the festival, visitors will be immersed in the gallop in cheers of thousands viewers. In addition to racing, the festival also has lively folk games.
Hung Kings Commemoration Day – 10th day of Third Lunar month
This is to honor the Hung Kings. According to historical records and Vietnamese traditions, the Hung Kings were founders of Vietnam. Hung Kings Commemoration Day is oriented around the themes of filial piety, ancestor worship, and patriotism. While this holiday is observed over the course of several days, the most important celebrations occur on the 10th of the third lunar month. For many people, Hung Kings Commemoration Day is a joyous occasion that is centered around traditional Vietnamese culture and values.
Bai Dinh Pagoda Festival
The spring festival of Bai Dinh Pagoda takes place since the first day of New Year, officially starts on the 6th day according to lunar calendar and lasts till the end of the third lunar month. This festival is the perfect start for pilgrimages towards the imperial capital Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh province. In the festival days, there is a warm-heartedness of the young, the respect of the elderly and the joyfulness of the visitors and Buddhist follower. The groups of people crowdedly go along the hillsides. All the people are happy and excited.
Huong Pagoda Festival
Huong Pagoda Festival is one of the greatest Buddhist festivals in the north of Vietnam. Huong Pagoda Festival has an important role in the spiritual mind of Vietnamese and particularly, Vietnamese Buddhists.
Unlike other festivals, the Huong Pagoda Festival is not about the traditional games, but rather romantic trips to pagodas, caves, and temples, especially, participating in ceremonies to beseech favours from Buddha. In order to protect the festival’s lively ambience in the chilly weather, the traditional songs and folk dances took place before and after the ceremony. Visitors coming to Huong pagoda festival usually worship Buddha in the pagoda and pray for their wishes to come true. In addition, cultural activities and sporting contests are also held on the the Huong Pagoda Festival such as boat racing, climbing, folk song singing, etc. These festive activities take place throughout the festival.
Only twenty kilometers from Hanoi, Lim Village of Bac Ninh province is considered the “hometown” of Quan Ho folk songs, one of Vietnam’s intangible cultural heritages recognized by UNESCO. In order to improve, protect and promote the traditions of Quan Ho songs, Lim Festival is eagerly celebrated from every around the 12th or the 13th day of the first Lunar month. Every year, thousands of tourists come to Lim Festival and enjoy the Cultural Heritage. Right on Lim Hill, several villages houses in Bac Ninh Province are built. Visitors can enjoy the singing at different stages and interact with singers in traditional manner. During the festivals, there are many rituals and folk games such as martial arts, wrestling, chess, dances, weaving, cooking.
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