top5 Holidays in Vietnam

How amazing would it be to celebrate one of the traditional Vietnamese holidays together with the locals? You’re in for a treat: most holiday in Vietnam will also include a festival to celebrate.

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Overview of festivals in Vietnam

Bai Dinh Pagoda Festival

Travelers can best experience the Bai Dinh Pagoda between January and March when the festival hosts wonderful cultural activities. Similar to every other festival in Vietnam, Bai Dinh Pagoda Festival consists of two parts: ceremonies and games.

On the one hand, ceremonies include worshipping Buddha through incense offerings, commemorating Saint Nguyen Minh Khong and giving sacrifice to God Cao Son. On the other hand, entertaining activities of Bai Dinh Pagoda Festival may include: playing folk games, visiting the entire structures and sightseeing the various caves. No worries, you can visit the Bai Dinh Pagoda at any given point during the year well, minus the festival fun.

Co Loa Citadel Festival

The festival takes place at Upper Temple (“Den Thuong”), Dong Anh District, Hanoi, which is the place to worship the king of Vietnam - King An Duong Vuong. . The main festival day is the 6th day and begins with a solemn procession of 12 villages in the area.

After the liturgy part, the festival continues with various traditional games and activities. Both local residents and tourists are attracted by the interesting and bustling ambiance of “danh du” (bamboo swings), “nem con” (game of throwing a sacred ball through the ring), rice cooking competition, etc.

Tro Tram Festival or festival of sexual rite

The unique festival of Tro Tram which is both sacred and filled with national culture takes place annually at Tu Xa commune, Lam Thao district, Phu Tho province. Aiming to promote human vitality, the festival is closely related to "no nuong" - reproductive organs.

During the festival, youthful people - boys and girls - are free to express feelings, opening up their soul. Also, those who used to miss each other in the past now have the chance to recall their young days.

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Giong Festival at Phu Dong and Soc Temple

Giong Festival is annually celebrated in spring time in several parts of Hanoi in order to commemorate Saint Giong, one of the four immortals of Vietnam.

There are many traditional rituals during the festival such as procession ceremony, incense offering ceremony, the ritual of bathing a saint’s statue and bamboo flowers offering ceremony.

Roong Pooc Festival

The Roong Pooc Festival is organized in Muong Hoa Valley in Tan Van Commune, about 10km away from Sa Pa Town. From early morning thousands of people, including the Mong ethnic people from Hau Thao in Lao Chai, the Dao from Ho and Phung Hamlets and tourists from Sa Pa Town cheerfully go to the festival.

The main purpose of the festival is to pray for secured life, abundant harvest, favorable weather and healthy people & animals. One of the most entertaining parts of the whole festival is trying to catch a goat while blindfolded.

Joining such traditional festival will be a great chance for a traveler to have fun in Sapa and discover the unique culture of ethnic groups there!

Buffalo Sacrifice Festival

Buffalo fighting is a unique and traditional festival of people in Do Son District, Haiphong City. This festival is not only associated with Water Goddess worshiping and sacrificing custom but it also expresses bravery, chivalry, and risk-taking spirit of people in the coastal city of Haiphong.

The buffalo sacrifice ceremony is one of the traditions that you can see during the festival. During this ceremony, men have to kill a buffalo. Only the ones who can kill the buffalo with a single stab will receive great praises and honor.

The activity part of the festival includes eating traditional delicious foods such as buffalo meat, bamboo-tube rice as well as drinking stem wine together.

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Holiday of the Dead

Entering the warm spring when flowers start blooming and every creature seems to shake off its dark appearance in the previous winter, Vietnamese people celebrate the traditional festival of Thanh Minh - Holiday of the Dead.

The festival aiming is to show people’s respects towards their ancestors and their deceased relatives as well. Before the holiday, family members clean the graves of their ancestors and also the surrounding areas. On the date of Thanh Minh, individuals make solemn visits to the graves with offerings of incense, food, and flowers.

International Labor Day

Together with more than 80 countries all over the world, the International Workers' Day, as known as International Labor Day or May Day in Vietnam, is a public holiday for the nation.

On this occasion of public holidays, services and offices like banks, schools, and other governmental institutions are closed— only tourism services are available. Vietnamese people living in major cities often head back to their hometown or travel to tourist attractions. As a consequence, most travel destinations are packed and the prices are higher than usual.

Le Mat Snake Village Festival

Held in Le Mat, about 7 kilometers away from Hanoi, this holiday honors the tradition of catching snakes.

When traditional ceremonies are over, the scene of a young man killing a huge snake and saving a princess is represented by the vibrant sounds of drums.

Snake-related competitions are held. For example, snake catching, snake breeding, and snake venom curing. Also, a cup of snake wine with three or five snakes inside may be given to festival goers.

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Independence Day - 2nd September

The origin of this day tracks back to the year of 1945. On September 2nd, thousands of people gathered at Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi to listen to the Declaration of Independence read by Ho Chi Minh, the first President of Vietnam, which officially stated that Vietnam was free from French colonial forces.

During the Independence Day of Vietnam there are plenty activities happening: fireworks, parades, concerts and so much more.

The Tet Holiday or Vietnamese New Year

Among the most important holidays in Vietnam, locals often spend about nearly a month to celebrate this special event. The holiday is an occasion for Vietnamese to express their respect and remembrance for their ancestors as well as welcoming the New Year with their beloved family members.

Before Tet, Vietnamese people are cleaning their homes, repaint or redecorate the house, decorate Tet trees and buy new clothes and shoes to wear on the first days of New Year. Besides, gifts are exchanged between family members, friends, and relatives. Also, every family will get together to have big meals.

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