Festivals in Hanoi

There are several important festivals in Hanoi, 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. 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 festivals in Hanoi

  • Tet Vietnamese New Year - late january or early february, depending on the lunar calendar.
    A 3-day event where 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.
  • General new year’s day - 1st of January
    Just like the western world, celebration of the start of the new year according to western calendar.
  • Co Loa festival - February
    Wrestling, cockfighting and paradises throughout Hanoi.
  • Dong festival - March
    Celebration of the ancient character of dong genius in the Gia Lam district in Hanoi. Beautiful water puppet shows.
  • Le Mat festival - March
    Commemorating Hoang Duc Trung, festivities take place in the Le Mat village, nearby the Gia Lam district.
  • Chem temple festival - June
    Dragon boats on the red river, kite flying festivities. Takes place nearby Thuy Phuong, in the Tu Lien district.
  • Do son buffalo festival - August
    Buffalo fighting, with unfortunate tortured outcomes for both animals. Takes place in Hai phong, a couple of hours away from Hanoi.

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