Traveling during the festival season in Hoi An, you will not only admire the ancient beauty of the old town but also immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere in a beautiful and unique setting. Here are 10 festivals in Hoi An that are occasions for you to enjoy such wonderful things.
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Top 10 festivals in Hoi An
Hoi An Ancient Town Full Moon Night Festival (Lantern Festival)
- Location: Hoi An Ancient Town
- Time: 18:00 – 22:00, the 14th night of the lunar calendar every month
The full moon festival or lantern festival in Hoi An has become a symbol of the old town. Coming to the festival, you will be immersed in the brilliant space of colorful lanterns and participate in the activity of releasing lanterns on the Hoai River with the meaning of wishing for luck, health,…
For couples traveling to Hoi An, releasing lanterns also means praying for lasting love. Participating in this festival in Hoi An, you can also enjoy the warm atmosphere and get shimmering as well as poetic photos with lanterns.
Hoi An Mid-Autumn Festival
- Location: Hoi An Ancient Town
- Time: Full moon of the 8th lunar month every year
Mid-Autumn Festival is a festival celebrated all over the country. This is also the occasion when Hoi An shines brightly under lanterns on the brightest full moon day of the year. All the streets are decorated with brilliant lanterns, locals and tourists will join in the procession of lanterns, breaking the festival,…
In particular, you also see bustling lion dance troupes on the street, along with images of children playing together. All will bring unforgettable and special impressions of the festival in Hoi An during the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Vu Lan Festival
- Location: The pagodas in Hoi An and the old town by the Hoai River.
- Time: Full moon of the 7th lunar month every year.
Vu Lan is a ceremony of filial piety held across the country on the full moon day of the seventh lunar month every year. In Hoi An, this holiday is celebrated with a lot of activities turning off the lights and releasing the lanterns at 19:00. All create a brilliant and peaceful scene throughout the old town. Vu Lan ceremony has many meanings to help children show their filial piety and appreciate the gratitude of their parents and grandparents who were born and raised. This is a cultural beauty that has been preserved for many centuries.
Mrs. Thu Bon Festival
- Location: Dinh Ba, Duy Tan, Duy Xuyen, Quang Nam
- Time: The 12th day of the second lunar month every year.
The Ms. Thu Bon festival is organized simply but equally solemnly with special traditional activities such as a cake-making contest, counter-singing, playing human chess, etc. The festival attracts a large number of tourists. Hoi An participates in the experience and immerses in the atmosphere of exciting folk games. This festival is meant to commemorate Mrs. Thu Bon – who brought agriculture and fishery and blessed the people’s work with smooth sailing.
The festival of the Goddess Thien Hau
- Venue: Assembly Hall of the Fujian Assembly, Assembly Hall of the Five Ganges
- Time: On the 23rd day of the third lunar month every year
The ceremony of worshiping Thien Hau originates from China and is held with the meaning of remembrance and gratitude to Mrs. Thien Hau for blessing a year of favorable rain and wind at sea so that traders can do business safely. During the ceremony, the host will give a speech in Chinese praising the merits of Mrs. Thien Hau for the people.
At the same time, the festival also takes place in many bustling activities such as lion dance, cultural performance, tattoo application,… This is an opportunity for visitors to better understand the local culture and immerse themselves in the bustling festival atmosphere. Phuc Kien Assembly Hall is also one of the very famous Hoi An tourist attractions that many tourists love and check in.
Ong Fish Festival
- Location: Tomb of Ong in Hoi An fishing village, Quang Nam
- Time: Mid-March of the lunar calendar every year
This is one of the biggest traditional and held festivals in Hoi An, with special meaning for the fishermen of the fishing village. The festival aims to show gratitude to Ong fish for blessing the calm waves of the sea, helping fishermen have a good fishing season, and return safely.
During this festival in Hoi An, people will offer sacrifices (not using seafood) and boats will decorate with bright lanterns. The ceremony is held in the night and a series of boats will join the procession at sea at dawn the next morning. Traveling to Hoi An on this occasion, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the bustling, sacred festival atmosphere and admire the brilliant trains,…
Cau Bong Festival
- Location: Tra Que Vegetable Village, Cam Hoa Commune
- Time: The 7th day of the first lunar month every year
Cau Bong Festival is quite famous and unique in Hoi An. This is a special occasion for people to express their gratitude to the ancestors who openly discovered Tra Que Vegetable Village. Participating in the festival in Hoi An, visitors will be transformed into true farmers participating in vegetable growing and harvesting activities.
Visitors also have the opportunity to show off their housewives through the annual vegetable decoration contest according to the theme of each year. The festival is an outstanding cultural feature and also an opportunity to connect for visitors to better understand the life of Tra Que Vegetable Village people.
Long Chu Procession – Hoi An
- Location: The seaside villages of Hoi An town
- Time: Full moon of January and full moon of July every year.
The Long Chu procession is also known as the dragon boat festival with the meaning of the procession of kings and generals to ward off evil spirits and protect people from having a peaceful and happy life. Long Chu is made by skilled artisans from bamboo, decorated at both ends of the boat, tied dolls, and planted with flags inside.
The ceremony will be performed by witches, people set off firecrackers and wait for Long Chu to arrive, then snatch amulets and hang them in front of the door to ward off evil spirits. This is a spiritual and solemn festival and also an opportunity for visitors to better understand the unique features of festival culture in Hoi An.
Thanh Ha Pottery Village Festival
- Location: Thanh Ha Pottery Village
- Time: The 10th day of the 7th lunar month every year
This is the anniversary of the death anniversary of the pottery ancestor held to pay tribute to the artisans who have contributed to the construction of Thanh Ha pottery village since the 16th century. Educating the next generation must protect and preserve the fine traditional values of the craft village.
Participating in the festival in Hoi An on this occasion, you will be able to admire the procession of the god’s palanquin going through the streets to offer sacrifices. Thanh Ha Pottery Village Festival also has many interesting and exciting activities attracting thousands of visitors such as lion dance, art, folk games about pottery,…
The Death Anniversary of Kim Bong Carpentry Village
- Location: Kim Bong Carpentry Village, Cam Kim Commune, Hoi An City.
- Time: January 6 Every year.
The death anniversary of Kim Bong’s carpentry village is celebrated annually to commemorate the merits of the carpentry ancestors and remind the next generation of their roots and roots. The ceremony was held at the communal house under the chairmanship of the village elders. After the ceremony, carpentry production establishments and households conduct ancestral worship and carpentry at their establishments and households.
After the ceremony, the festival was held in the center of the craft village with many interesting activities such as demonstration of carving, basket-weaving, mat weaving, country market,… This festival in Hoi An attracts attention and is attended by a large number of tourists.
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