Top festivals/events celebrated in Hanoi (part 1)


Plan your Vietnam tailor-made tours? You may wonder what is going on during your visit to Hanoi. Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is also the cultural hub of our beautiful country. It means that besides all the everyday awesomeness of living in the bustling capital, there are many different holidays/ events/festivals in different categories held in our 1,000-year-old city every year.

Scroll down for a complete list of annual holidays, festivals, and events celebrated in Hanoi that we have compiled. Have a good time in our spectacular city!

Vietnamese New Year Festival (Tet Nguyen Dan)


Tet Nguyen Dan

One of the greatest ways to ring in the spring festival season, Tet Nguyen Dan which is often celebrated between mid-January and mid-February is an excellent Vietnamese festival to attend on your Vietnam tailor-made tours.

When you are seeing Vietnamese coming back home, busy buying food, and decorating their houses, chowing down on our country’s best traditional Vietnamese dishes, and enjoying music and exciting festive atmosphere at every corner from a month before the official holiday until a month after, you will see obviously that all Vietnamese, especially Hanoians know how to party.

If you have fallen in love with Vietnamese culture, then Tet Nguyen Dan – Vietnamese New Year Holiday is such a good time to know more about Hanoi’s traditions. Traditionally, Hanoians have a Vietnamese New Year’s Eve meal and perform the New Year temple ceremonies as well as practice some distinct traditions such as lì xì (lucky money exchange), xông đất or xông nhà, etc.

However, if you want to see more than just Hanoi’s festival, Vietnam New Year Festival when Hanoi is likely to shut down and many of the places you want to visit may be closed is not a perfect time.

Co Loa Temple Festival (Lễ hội Cổ Loa)


Co Loa Temple Festival

Tet Nguyen Dan is considered to be the very first day of the lunar new year – or spring. Also, it brings together the best in cultural events, music, food, art, and especially festival – often called Hội xuân (spring festivals). Among them, we cannot miss referring to the Co Loa Temple Festival as good Hanoi fun.

To fully enjoy your Hanoi day tour, the best time to visit is the 6th day of the first lunar month – the main festival day. On that day, you can witness a solemn procession of 12 villages and many rituals as well as take part in a lot of traditional games and activities.

  • Location: the Upper Temple (Den Thuong), Co Loa Commune, Dong Anh District, on the outskirts of Hanoi;
  • Time: from the 6th to the 16th day of the 1st month of the Lunar New Year;
  • Objective: Pay respect to King An Duong Vuong that built the Au Lac Kingdom (the former name of Vietnam in the 1st century BC) and the Co Loa Citadel to protect our country against the enemies’ attack in the 3rd century B.C.

Soc Temple Festival (Hội đền Gióng)


The Soc Temple Festival

Another exciting spring festival held right after Tet is Saint Giong –Soc Temple Festival – a national cultural heritage. The 7th day of the first lunar month is the main festival day.

  • Location: the Soc Temple, Ve Linh Mountain, Phu Linh Commune, Soc Son District, Hanoi;
  • Time: 3 days from the 6th to the 8th day of the 1st month of the Lunar New Year;
  • Objective: Commemorate and pay homage to the scared feat of Saint Giong (Thánh Gióng) – one of Vietnam’s most legendary heroes – one of the four mythical immortals in Vietnamese religious beliefs.

There is always something going on in our ancient cultural capital. Whether you are looking for something to do on your Vietnam cultural tour, with your friends, or with your kids, Hanoi has something to offer everyone. Some of the events and festivals in Hanoi listed above will be subject to change without notice. Have an unforgettable Vietnam tailor-made tours with these top festivals you have got to experience firsthand in Hanoi!

Author Since: Jan 16, 2019

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