Top important festivals in Vietnam

More and more foreign travelers travel to Vietnam not only for beautiful beaches and sceneries but also for unique cultural festival all year round. Traditional festivals are a form of cultural activities that are formed and developed throughout the course of Vietnamese history. Some of these festivals are celebrated nationwide; as some provinces have their own series of festivals unique to the locals. Thanks to the diversity of places holding places, there is a variety of the types of Vietnamese traditional festivals. Each festival has its own way of celebrating, which is an interesting point for tourists when traveling to Vietnam. One thing that can make you totally surprised is that there is no day in Vietnam when the festival calendar is blank! Life in Vietnam is a succession of major and minor festivals. Thus, taking part in some major festivals in Vietnam is one of the best ways to explore the country and to earn unique experiences for your holidays. Here are some important festivals, which are celebrated nationwide.

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1/Lunar new Year (Tet Nguyen Dan)

This is the most important festival in Vietnam. It is held on the first day of January based on Lunar Calendar. It can be described as the combination of Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Thanksgiving. It is the period of time in a year for all family members to reunite in order to greet the new lunar year together in the hope of good fortune and happiness. Thus, people who are far from their house will come back home to join the happiness and gather with their family. During the 3 days of Tet, Vietnamese people pay visits to their relatives, friends and neighbors. In exchange of wishes for longevity, health and wealth, adults give “li xi” (lucky money), which are put in small red envelopes together with wishing them fast growing-up and intelligence. Fireworks, unicorn dances, music shows and flower fairs are often held everywhere to celebrate this special occasion.
Top important festivals in Vietnam

There is a saying in Vietnam, “Father’s Tet is on the First Day of New Year, Mother’s Tet is on the Second, and Teacher’s is on the Third”. It can be explained as, on the first day, Vietnamese visit their parents on the husband’s side on; on the second day, they turn to parents on the wife’s side; and lastly, they spend their third day of Tet visiting their teachers.

2/Mid-Autumn Festival (Tet Trung Thu)

This festival falls on the fifteen day of the eighth lunar month. Every Vietnamese is longing for the day that the Moon is the largest and brightest, when they feel like they are not only a practical creature but a romantic one and a beauty part of the whole universe. The full moon represents fullness and prosperity of life.
Top important festivals in Vietnam

Children parade on the streets, while singing and carrying colourful lanterns in different shapes and sizes. Dances are also traditional, and include the dragon dance and the flower dance.

3/Hung King Temple Festival

It takes place from the 8th to 11th day of the third lunar month in the year. It is a traditional festival which honours the first King of Vietnam - King Hung. This is when all Vietnamese people remember their origin and express their respect as well as gratitude to ancestor of Vietnamese people. During the festival, Vietnamese people from all over the country head for King Hung Temple on Nghia Linh Mountain, Phu Tho Province to take part in this historical and meaningful festival.
Top important festivals in Vietnam

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