Calendar of Major Festivals in Viet Nam (II)

THE 2ND LUNAR MONTH – The Me Temple Festival (Cung Thuan village, Phuc Tho district, Ha Tay province) The temple is devoted to Genius Tan Vien, the son-in- law of Hung King and the hero who defeated the Floods Genius. The festival, which lasts from the 2nd to 10th days of the festival, involves a procession, religious ceremonies, fishing in ... Read More »

Calendar of Major Festivals in Viet Nam

THE 1ST LUNAR MONTH – The Keo Pagoda Festival (Duy Nhat commune, Vu Thu district, Thai Binh province) This festival is divided into two episodes: the Spring Festival on the 4th day of the 1st lunar month, and the Autumn Festival from the 13th to 15th days of the 9th lunar month. The Festival is held in honour to Khong ... Read More »

“Tomb – abandonment” Festival in the Central Highlands

This festival is usually held by the Jarai and Ede ethnic groups during the pre-Spring period. This festival has its root in a practice of the ethnic groups in the Central Highlands who, while not worshipping their ancestors on a regular basis, look after their tombs for a period of 5-6 years and thereafter perform a final ceremony in which ... Read More »

“Buffalo Slaughtering” Festival

Most ethnic groups in the Central Highlands hold the “Buffalo Slaughtering” festival but with some differences in character and purpose. One may detect four kinds of “buffalo slaughtering” festivals: 1. Those held after the harvest and at the beginning of a new agricultural season. 2. Those connected with the celebration of an important victory or with a sisters relationship between ... Read More »

The “Ca-te” Festival

Nowadays, the Cham ethnic group dwells in areas stretching from the southern part of Central Viet Nam to the northern and southwestern parts of South Viet Nam, with dense settlement in Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan provinces where its natural culture is still well preserved. The bulk of the Cham ethnic follows Brahmanism, although some embraces Islam. As religion pervades ... Read More »

The New Year Day Festival of the Khmer

In South Viet Nam, the Khmer, the majority of whom embraces Buddhism, lives in “Srok” (villages) located in the Mekong Delta and in areas bordering on the Cambodian border. The Khmer “Chon Cho-nan Tho-may” festival (New Year festival) falls during the middle of April, and is the Khmers’ biggest festival of the year. Preparations have started several days before: cleaning ... Read More »

The “sen ban, sen muong” Festival

This festival is held by the Thai ethnic group in mid-2nd lunar month and comprises two stages: the “sen Bin” festival is held for two consecutive years, then the “sen Muong” festival is held on the third year. The Thai ethnic group dwells mainly in Lai Chau and Son La provinces, in the northwestern part of Hoa Binh province, in ... Read More »

The “Long Tong” Festival of the Tay

The Tay ethnic group dwells mainly in the border provinces of North Viet Nam, with big settlements in Cao Bang, Lang Son and Bac Kan provinces. The Tay have retained most of their national traditions and customs, including a most popular festival held in early spring each year, called the “Long Tong” festival. “Long Tong” means going to the field. ... Read More »

The H’mong Spring Festival

The H’mong ethnic group lives in the highlands of Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Cao Bang, Lai Chau, Son La, Nghe An, Thanh Hoa and Hoa Binh provinces. Their small settlements comprise 3 to 5 houses, and their big ones will have hundreds of houses. The biggest H’mong annual festival takes place on the H’mong New Year, ... Read More »