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Festivals in Hanoi, Vietnam

There are several important festivals in Vietnam, influenced by the rich culture from the various ethnic groups in Vietnam. The exact data of the festivals are different every year. This depends on the position of the moon. The most important festival for the Vietnamese is New year, this three-day event is called: Tet Festival. The whole family comes together to celebrate the new year. The Vietnamese believe the spirits of deceased relatives come back to earth to celebrate the festival. 'Tet' is also the birthday of every Vietnamese. Everyone in Vietnam will be one year older at new year. Check out the table below to see some of the most important festivals that are being celebrated in Hanoi.

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Overview of the festivals in Hanoi, Vietnam

festival what? when?
tet vietnamese new year celebration for sometimes a whole week, with gifts, family gatherings, food, drinks and social activities. late january or early february, depending on the lunar calendar.
general new year’s day just like the western world, celebration of the start of the new year according to western calendar. 1st of january.
co loa festival wrestling, cockfighting and paradises throughout hanoi. february.
dong festival celebration of the ancient character of dong genius in the gia lam district in hanoi. beautiful water puppet shows. march.
le mat festival commemorating hoang duc trung. festivities take place in the le mat village, nearby the gia lam district. march.
birthday of founding president ho chi minh celebration of uncle ho’s birthday. 19th of may.
chem temple festival dragon boats on the red river, kite flying festivities. takes place nearby thuy phuong, in the tu lien district. june.
do son buffalo festival buffalo fighting, with unfortunate tortured outcomes for both animals. takes place in hai phong, a couple of hours away from hanoi. august.

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