For an insight into the cultures and traditions of the Vietnamese, it helps if you experience a Vietnamese festival or two. While it is a modern country with rapid progress seen in cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, at its heart it is traditional and focused on religion. There are numerous pagodas and shrines dedicated to Buddha and other iconic figures and deities. The Vietnamese also celebrate certain festivals at particular times of the year and it’s a completely amazing experience, so don’t miss it if possible.
While the calendar is full of events and might get confusing if you want to decide which you want to attend, it’s more likely that there could be a festival taking place at the particular time you’re visiting. Still, it’s a good idea to know what to expect so that you don’t inadvertently miss out on any of these Vietnam events.
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Here are some of the most famous festivals in Vietnam.
This Vietnamese festival celebrates the Lunar New Year in either January or February. It’s considered to be the biggest festival of the year and it’s a religious occasion, not one for partying. But there’s a lot to see and observe at this time.
For a number of colourful cultural performances, events and games, head to Hue City where it is celebrated in April, May and June. However, do note that it is celebrated only once every two years.
This is one of the most famous Vietnamese festivals which is celebrated in Hoi An. It is celebrated on the 14th day of every month when all electricity is shut off in the Ancient Town and thousands of paper lanterns are sent down the river.