Overview of festivals in Vietnam
Hung Temple Festival - 9th to the 11th of April
This traditional festival honors he first King of Vietnam - King Hung. The festival is featured with many folk games such as “danh du” (bamboo swings), “nem con” (game of throwing a sacred ball through the ring), rice cooking competitions, lion dance, human chess, water puppet performance, wrestling, crossbow shooting etc.
Chu Dong Tu Festival - 10th to the 12th of April
Chu Dong Tu is one of the four immortals in the traditional mythology of Vietnam, who is in charge of teaching people to do business, fishing, and weaving in order to have a joyful and prosperous life. Activities during the festival include human chess playing, dragon dancing, wrestling and processions on land and water.
Huong Pagoda (Perfume Pagoda) Festival - March
Huong Pagoda Festival plays an important role in the spiritual life of Vietnamese people and lasts for three months. As other festivals in Vietnam, Huong Pagoda Festival is also divided into two parts: the ceremonies and the entertaining activities. During this event, tourists have the chance to taste three famous delicacies which are bamboo shoot, Sang vegetables and grinding roots.
Elephant Race Festival - third Lunar month
To express the bond between human beings and this friendly creature, Vietnamese people are organizing this special event annually. On this day, elephants from several villages gather at Don Village and run at the same time for about one or two kilometers. The first elephant which reaches the appointed destination will receive sugar canes and bananas from surrounding people.
Whale Festival - April
The Whale Festival has been, for centuries, the biggest water festival of the fishermen in Quang Nam, Danang province. The worshipping of the whale is not only about paying respect to their God, but also about ensuring prosperity for the villagers.
On this occasion, the Whale Temple, as well as all the houses and boats, are beautifully decorated.