Top festivals/events celebrated in Hanoi (part 2)
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A land of diverse geography, climate, religion, and culture, Vietnam which has over time recreated its own unique way of daily life is best explored through its variety of religious and cultural festivals. Planning your Vietnam tailor-made tours? Let’s explore the top annual festivals/events celebrated in Hanoi!
Here is the list of the most fascinating annual festivals in Vietnam’s capital that no one would want to miss. Since the exact dates of some of the listed festivals may vary from year to year, make sure to read this article carefully to know the details about the location and the dates of the fastest-coming festivals to help you schedule your next Vietnam culture tour.
Hanoi in Christmas season
December and January of the next year are the months with the most festivals featuring the exciting music, inspiring dance, and excellent food. Even though Christmas is not the most important of all, it is gradually gaining its popularity in Vietnam, especially in the big cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, and more.
Christmas atmosphere and decorations help make the Christmas season the most significant time to party and the best time for a Hanoi day tour. If you are planning your Vietnam tailor-made tours during the Christmas holidays, don’t worry about everything being closed. Tourist attractions are open: restaurants, shopping malls, churches, theaters, etc. and the number of people is at its highest.
If you are visiting Hanoi during this western religious festival, take time to go to Hang Ma Street, Saint Joseph Cathedral (No 40 Nha Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District), Cua Bac Church (No 56 Phan Dinh Phung, Ba Dinh District), Ham Long Church (No 21 Ham Long Street, Hoan Kiem District), or Hanoi Opera House. Expect to witness the magnificent beauty of the winter wonderlands of options for both Hanoians and foreigners during Christmas in the Orient.
- Time: December 25th
- Location: throughout the city
Thay Pagoda Festival
Thay Pagoda Festival
This Buddhist celebration is celebrated all over Sai Son, Quoc Oai area – in the four villages of Sai Khe, Khanh Tan, Da Phuc, and Thuy Khe, but the main event takes place in Thiên Phúc Pagoda (Thầy Pagoda) – approximately a 30-minute drive from Hanoi center.
In the festival remembering the merits of Tu Dao Hanh as an innovator of numerous advances in medicine and religion and especially as an inventor of Vietnamese water puppetry, many rituals of Vietnamese folk traditions are represented.
The Tu Dao Hanh’s statue bathing ritual, many impressive water puppetry performances (at its best at the Thuy Dinh House in front of Tu Dao Hanh’s pagoda), laymen wishing for luck, incense stick presenting, tablet escorting procession, etc. are many fascinating things to see here.
- Time: From the 5th day to the 7th day of the 3rd lunar month. In 2019, it is from April 9th to April 11th.
- Location: Thiên Phúc Pagoda (Thầy Pagoda) in Sai Son, Quoc Oai, Son Tay.
- Objective: Worship Tu Dao Hanh – a Buddhist monk, an innovator, and an inventor in the Ly Dynasty.
Dong Da Festival
Dong Da Festival
Festivals are always at the heart of people’s lives in Vietnam’s capital city. And the festive atmosphere is at its best in spring. For one day every spring, all Vietnamese are in the remembrance of King Quang Trung (Nguyen Hue) – a great Vietnamese hero in the 18th century.
This commemoration features a variety of Vietnamese culture and traditions: a processional parasol, palanquins with a wide range of vibrant colors, the “hovering dragon” performance, and joss-sticks and offerings presented to the souls of Vietnamese national heroes in the exciting sounds of gongs and drums.
- Time: On the 5th day of the 1st lunar month. In 2019, it will be on February 2nd.
- Location: Dong Da Mound, Dong Da District, Hanoi.
- Objective: Honor the memory of King Quang Trung (Nguyen Hue).
Planning the ultimate getaway to achieve an authentically Vietnamese culture on your Vietnam tailor-made tours? What can be better than experiencing one of Hanoi’s varied and fascinating event and festivals?