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Festivals and events

In today’s rapidly changing world to hold on to their unique identity and sprit. In Vietnam, one of the most popular ways of doing maintaining this identity is through the staging of a festival or event. Festival and events allow people to unite and collectively celebrate who they are, the richness of their heritage, and the things most important to them. For visitors attending a festival or event not only sheds light on who the Vietnamese people are, but will more than not, also be a barrel of fun. Here are our pick of some of the best festivals and events with a maritime theme.

HOI AN LANTERN FESTIVAL

Day 15, Monthly (Lunar)

Each month when the moon is full, the ancient streets or riverside Hoi An town are transformed into a riot of Technicolor as a part of the Moon Lantern Festival. During the festival traditional lanterns of every shape and color are hung around the streets and traditional music is played transforming the town into a magical fairytale of reminiscent of times gone by.

 

HA LONG CARNIVAL

April 30 and May 1 (Calendar)

The Carnival is a crucial focus in Ha Long’s successive promotional campaigns promotes of the image and of natural and cultural values of Quang Ninh province. Ha Long Tourist Festival includes non-stop parades featuring many colorfully club actors street performers, performance groups and gorgeously decorated flower carts and troupers to create itinerant performing groups. Flower carts are gorgeously decorated to introduce potentials and current advantages of Quang Ninh’s tourist sector…

 

CAU NGU WHALE FESTIVAL

Middle, month 3 (lunar)

For centuries the Whale Festival has been the biggest water festival of the fishermen in Quang Nam, Da nang Province. During the 2 days festival all fishing boats and villagers return home to take par in the festivities. Centered around paying respects to the Whale God, boat procession and the playing of orchestral music.

 

OC OM BOC FESTIVAL

Day 15, Dec (Lunar)

The Oc Om Boc festival is organized by the Kho Me people of Soc Trang Province to thank the Moon God for bringing good crops and abundant fish for maintaining the health of the people. Festival activities include flying paper lanterns, sailing banana tree ferries attached with lights and a traditional wooden Ngo Boat race.