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Festivals in February

Provinces: Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Binh Dinh, Ha Nam, Ha Tay, Ha Tinh, Hai Duong, Hai Phong, Hoa Binh, Lang Son, Lao Cai, Nam Dinh, Nghe An, Phu Tho, Quang Binh, Quang Ninh, Tay Ninh, Thai Binh, Thai Nguyen, Thanh Hoa, Vinh Phuc

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Vietnamese Tet (Tet Nguyen Dan)

Time: The 30th day of the twelfth lunar month of the previous year to the 3rd day of the first lunar month of the new year.
Location: Nation-wide.
Objects of worship: grandparents and ancestors.
Participator: The biggest national festival that attracts to people through the country.
Activities:
- Nice clothes, or traditional costumes.
- Ritual of ancestral worshipping and a rite to see Tao Quan (Kitchen God) off.
- Best wishes for a prosperous New Year and family gathering.
Tet is the biggest and the most sacred festival. It is the most attractive to a majority of the Vietnamese.
Tet falls on a time when the old year is over and the New Year comes by lunar calendar. This is also the time when the cycle of the universe finishes: winter ends and spring, the season of birth of all living things, comes.
Tet is an occasion for pilgrims and family reunions. It is a time when one pays respect to his/her ancestors and grandparents who have brought up him/her. It is an occasion when everyone sends each other best wishes for a new year, stops thinking about unhappy things and says good things about each other.
On the 23rd day of the twelfth month by lunar calendar, there is a rite to see Tao Quan (Kitchen God) off. The rite to say goodbye to the old year is held on the 30th or 29th day (if that month has only 29 days) of the twelfth month by lunar calendar. The rite to welcome the New Year is held at midnight that day. The rite to see off ancestral souls to return to the other world is often held on the 3rd day of the first month by lunar calendar when the Tet holidays finish and everybody goes back to work.
There are various customs practiced during Tet such as ancestral worshipping, visiting a person’s house on the first day of the new year, wishing Tet wishes, giving lucky money to young children and old people, wishing longevity to the oldest people, opening rice paddies or opening a shop.

Related information:

Tet, the Vietnam Lunar New Year | Rituals in Tet | Decoration in Tet | Five fruits (Mam Ngu Qua) in Tet | Dong Ho folk paintings in Tet | Parallel sentences in Tet | Tet's legends | The Vietnamese zodiac | Tet - children's best joy | Tet and Christmas | Festivals around Tet in North Vietnam

 

Traditional festivals in Hoa Binh province:

Vua Ba Temple Festival

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Time: 8th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Lac Thinh Commune, Yen Thuy District, Hoa Binh Province.
Objects of worship: Au Co, who has the merit of teaching people to sing and shoot.
Activities: Offer birds meat, meat of wild beast. Popular opera performance, and mask dance. See tours in North Vietnam

Traditional festivals in Lao Cai province:

“Going to the field” or Long tong Festival of the Giay

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Time: The thin day of the first lunar month.
Location: Ta Van Commune, Sa Pa District, Lao Cai Province.
Objects of worship: The Heaven, the Earth, the God of rice.
Activities: Praying for good crop festival.
Every year, on the thin day of the first lunar month, the Giay in Sa Pa organize their special festival. The worship ceremony is held at ngo hours (12 o'clock at midnoon). The sorcerer wears blue dress, offer sacrifices to Heaven, Earth, God of rice, pray for Spirits in protecting crops, and having a good crop.
After the worshipping ceremony, villagers take part in traditional games such as bow-shooting, cross-bow shooting, horse racing, con throwing, tug of rope, stick pushing.

Communal House Festival of the Tay

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Time: 6th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Gia Village, Bao Yen District, Lao Cai Province.
Objects of worship: Mountain Deity.
Activities: Worship to the Mountain Deity, black pig offering, con throwing and giao duyen singing. See tours in North Vietnam

Going to the cave Festival of the Thai and Tay

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Time: 5th to the 8th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Khanh Yen Commune, Van Ban District, Lao Cai Province.
Activities: Spring festival, giao duyen singing (boys and girls sing traditional love to express their love for each other), tam tinh singing (boys and girls sing a song that express their sentiment).

Long Tong Festival

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Time: Early in spring, often from the 5th to the 15th day of the first lunar month.
Location: In the village, in the field, near the stream.
Objects of worship: Village gods, Mountain and Stream gods.
Activities: Traditional belief and the cult of fecundity.
Participators: The Tay people and other ethnic groups.
Contents: Praying for all the good things, con throwing, xoe dancing.
On the night before the festival takes Location, the representatives of families in the village and sorcerer perform a water procession from the stream to the village. This water is used in the opening ceremony of the festival.
The villagers erect an U-shaped altar from bamboo. The bottom of the letter U faces the east. The altar is one meter high and 40 centimeter wide.
The offerings of the village are located on the altar, which include a bowl of water, a plate of red sticky rice, a plate of yellow sticky rice (the red one symbolizes the sun and the yellow one symbolizes the moon), a boiled chicken, grilled fish, a bowl of boiled chicken blood, a sharp knife, a roll of newly-woven cloth, two yellow paper fish, two red paper owls, two racemes of flowers made from parched rice and fruits. The offerings of the families and of the newcomers are also put on the altar. These offerings only include food without a bowl of water, a knife and a dish of chicken's blood.
The opening ceremony begins as a roll of gong beats resounds. The sorcerer performs the rituals to pray for lushly green rice with firm grains, good animal husbandry and good health to everybody. The sorcerer holds the bowl of water in one hand, and the knife in the other hand. He moves the knife four times above the water bowl and draw horizontal and vertical lines according to four directions of the east, west, south and north. When the sorcerer finishes the rites at the altar, he continues to conduct the rituals at con tree (a tall bamboo pole). After he says his prayers, he tosses two con balls into the air so that young men compete to catch them. Anyone who catches a ball first will be the first to take part in the game. Participants have to throw the ball through the bamboo ring. Successful competitor is the one whose ball pierces through the sheet paper covering the bamboo ring. The winner receives a prize. The sorcerer slashes the ball open, and mixes the seeds inside the ball with a basket of paddy and distributes them to everybody.
After the con throwing game are tug of war and xoe dance, which lasts until the afternoon.
Long Tong Festival is a unique cultural activity of the Tay ethnic group in North Vietnam. See tours in North Vietnam

Thuong Temple Spring Festival

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Time: 11th to the 15th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Lao Cai City, Lao Cai Province.
Objects of worship: Tran Hung Dao.
Activities: A palanquin procession, tug of war contest, wrestling contest, and còn throwing, sticks pushing, no (arbalest) shooting.
Thuong Temple is located on the Hoa Hieu Hill, Lao Cai City, dedicated to Tran Hung Dao - the famous general of Tran Dynasty. He commanded the Dai Viet troops defensive in Lao Cai in 1257. The spring festival is organized at the cutural center of Lao Cai Ward and Thuong and Mau Temples. The ceremonies include the opening festival, processions of the Holy Mother and Thien hau Nuong; worshipping ceremony takes Location on the 14th day, thanksgiving ceremony is on the 15th day to pray for peaceful and prosperous things to everyone. It involves traditional singing and dancing performances and mountainous ethnic games: con throwing, arbalest shooting, tug of war, stick pushing, wrestle, cocks fighting, swinging... The spring festival is alco displayed brocade souvenirs, local goods which are made by girls of the Mong, the Dao, the Thai...

Traditional festivals in Phu Tho province:

Gia Thanh Festival

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Time: 2nd to the 3rd day of the first lunar month.
Location: Gia Thanh Commune, Phu Ninh District, Phu Tho Province.
Activities: Praying for giving son, making sacrifice to the God, offering banquet with 12 glutinous rice cakes (banh chung), 12 day cakes, steamed momordica glutinous rice (xoi gac). See tours in North Vietnam

Hien Quan Phet Festival

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Time: 13th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Hien Quan Commune, Tam Nong District, Phu Tho Province.
Objects of worship: Madam Thieu Hoa (Woman General of Hai Ba Trung).
Activities: phet playing (play wood ball by a stick with curved head).

Vu Lao Festival

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Time: 10th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Vo Lao Commune, Thanh Ba District, Phu Tho Province.
Objects of worship: Agriculture Spirit, Mountain Spirit, Water Spirit and Buddha.
Activities: day cakes and nang cakes offering in commemorating the Location where Hung King lived and chose the son-in-law. Princesses made various kinds of cake to offer their father. Big and round day cakes symbolize for the Sky; uot cakes with pyramid-shaped symbolize for labour force; nang cakes with yellow colour symbolize for pearls and gem.

Traditional festivals in Vinh Phuc province:

Bach Luu Festival

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Time: The 28th day of the twelfth lunar month.
Location: Bach Luu Commune, Lap Thach District, Vinh Phuc Province.
Objects of worship: La Cong Lo - the General who had merit of fighting Trieu Van Vuong troops.
Activities: Sacrifice - offering ceremony, buffalo fighting. See tours in North Vietnam

Ha Loi Temple Festival

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Time: 6th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Ha Loi Village, Me Linh Commune, Me Linh District, Vinh Phuc Province
Objects of worship: Hai Ba Trung.
Activities: Procession of palanquin and change palanquin, offering day cake.
Every year, Ha Loi Temple opens festival on the day that Hai Ba Trung had offering flag to set up the movement in Me Linh Commune now, where Trung Trac took her throne.
Processions of the palanquins of Mrs. Trung Trac, Ms. Trung Nhi - the village's tutelary god, Mr. Cot Tung, two white elephants, one pink horse, one white horse. In the processions, people sing and dance old song. It is said that these old songs have in Trung Sisters time to encourage soldiers. The festival has a custom of offering day cake, wrestling contest, playing human chess, swinging... and many other traditional games. The custom of changing palanquin reflects the feudal perception of hierarchy "Noi gia huynh de, ngoai quoc quan than" (it means in the family, Thi Sach was the superman authority, whereas with respect to the country at large Trung Trac was the monarch).

Rung Festival

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Time: 6th day of the first lunar month to the 10th day of the second lunar month.
Location: Van Trung Village, Thuong Trung Commune, Vinh Tuong District, Vinh Phuc Province.
Activities: Spring market; sell and buy things for lucky; boat racing; sticks fighting; rice cooking contest; trach catching in a big jar.
An un-married couple with their hands on each other's shoulder while other hands put into the big jar to try to catch the trach (girgs) inside. See tours in North Vietnam

Tho Tang Village Spring Festival

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Time: 14th to the 23rd day of the first lunar month (Spring Festival) and the 18th day of the twelfth lunar month (ceremony of giving a feast to long-lived people - 55 years old).
Location: Tho Tang Communal House, Tho Tang Commune, Vinh Tuong District, Vinh Phuc Province.
Objects of worship: Worship the God of Earth (Nuoi Na), Lau Ho Hau (who had merit of fighting Yuan-Mongolian aggressors), Phung Thi Dung tien nuong.
Activities: A procession, wrestle, Chinese chess.

Thuong Lap Festival

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Time: 10th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Tan Tien Commune, Vinh Tuong District, Vinh Phuc Province.
Objects of worship: General Cao Nguyen (under Hai Ba Trung movement).
Activities: Perform the game of phet pushing.

Tich Son Temple Festival

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Time: 3rd day of the first lunar month.
Location: Tich Son Temple, Tich Son Ward, Vinh Yen City, Vinh Phuc Province.
Objects of worship: 7 gods of Lo Binh Son.
Activities: Contest of throwing to the pig, rice cooking contest and tug of war contest.

Traditional festivals in Bac Giang province:

My An Festival

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Time: 7th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Truong Giang Commune, Luc Nam District, Bac Giang Province.
Objects of worship: General Vu Thanh (who made feats of arms in the struggle against the Yuan-Mongolian aggressors in the Tran Dynasty).
Activities: Mimic battle performance; throw offerings and vie for lucky; making cake contest. See tours in North Vietnam

Traditional festivals in Bac Ninh province:

Ba Chua Kho Temple Festival

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Time: 14th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Co Me Village, Vu Ninh Commune, Bac Ninh City, Bac Ninh Province.
Objects of worship: Ba Chua Kho (The Queen of Stock), four gods: Thien phu, Dia phu, Thuy phu, and Nhac phu.
Activities: Incense offering ceremony, custom of borrowing money from her (only symbolizing) to pray for property and good luck.
It is said that Lady Chua Kho was a hard working woman. After marrying the king of Ly Dynasty, she asked for going to Vu Ninh area, recruited villagers for establishing village, expanded the wasteland, organized production in 72 small villages. She also kept an eyes on the food stock, maintained military provisions well during and after the victory of Song invaders in Nhu Nguyet Rive (Cau River) in 1076. When she died, people built a temple to dedicated to her. Annually, the temple attracts a great number of people from the whole country to worship and pray for good fortune and borrow money from her in working of the whole year. See tours in North Vietnam

Dong Ky Festival (Festival of Mr. Quan Dam Procession)

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Time: 4th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Dong Ky Village, Dong Quang Commune, Tu Son District, Bac Ninh Province.
Objects of worship: The village's tutelary god Hung Huy Vuong.
Activities: Firecracker-model procession (called Mr. Quan Dam).
The village's tutelary god Hung Huy Vuong was a talented general of the 6th Hung King who defeated the Yin aggressors with Saint Dong and saved the country. Besides Mr. Quan Dam procession, the festival also organized longevity ceremony, feast for old people. Formerly, the festival involved a procession of fire-cracker, now is a procession of dummy fire-cracker in remember the work of the village. It also involves wrestling contest, cock fighting contest, doi dap singing, and rice cooking contest, contest of speaking the speeches to praise the village's tutelary god in Han and Nom scripts.

Huu Chat Village Festival

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Time: 9th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Hoa Long Commune, Yen Phong District, Bac Ninh Province.
Objects of worship: Truong Hong, Truong Hat.
Activities: Quan ho folk songs, tug of war playing.

Lim Festival

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Time: The 13th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Lim Hill, Lim Town, Tien Du District, Bac Ninh Province.
Objects of worship: Lady King and Hieu Trung Hau, the two legendary patriarchs of quan ho tunes.
Activities: Quan ho singing on the hills, boats or at home.
"Quan Ho" is a special folk song of Kinh Bac Province, now called Bac Ninh Province. The festival takes Location on Lim Hill where the Lim Pagoda is located. This pagoda is where Mr. Hieu Trung Hau, the man who invented Quan Ho, is worshipped. The Lim Festival takes Location every year on 13th day of the first lunar month. Visitors come to enjoy the festival and see the performances of "lien anh" and "lien chi". These are male and female farmers who sing different types of songs in the pagodas, on the hills, and in the boats.
Besides this, visitors can come to the Lim Festival to enjoy the weaving competition of the Noi Due girls. They weave and sing Quan Ho songs at the same time. Like other religious festivals, the Lim Festival goes through all the ritual stages, from the procession to the worshipping ceremony, and includes other activities. The Lim Festival is a special cultural activity in the North. The festival celebrates the "Quan Ho" folk song which has become a part of the national culture and a typical folk song that is well loved in the Red River Delta region.

Nga Hoang jostling Village Festival

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Time: 7th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Nga Hoang Commune, Que Vo District, Bac Ninh Province.
Objects of worship:Linh Son My Nuong.
Activities: People jostle even in the worship ceremony and have a procession of god around the village. See tours in North Vietnam

Spring Walking Festival

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Time: The 8th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Yen Phong District, Bac Ninh Province.
Activities: Four villages had joined efforts to drive the robbers from the villages and worked together in production.
Before the festival, four villages assist each other to transplant rice seedlings. On the 8th day of the first lunar month, four villages together open festival to worship the god and take part in the feast. It involves the tug of war, wrestling, playing chess, popular opera singing.

Tam Son Pagoda Festival

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Time: 8th to the 12th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Tam Son Commune, Tu Son District, Bac Ninh Province.
Objects of worship: Buddha, first doctoral candidate Nguyen Phan Quang, Loyal Royal Highest Nguyen Tu Cuong, doctors of the village, Princess Thuan Duong, God of the soil, Quan Cong.
Activities: Water puppetry show, boi chess (wood chess), cock fighting, smash pots (rice husk, and water in the pot), quan ho singing contest.

Traditional festivals in Lang Son province:

Bac Nga (Tien Nga) Pagoda Festival

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Time: 15th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Gia Cat Commune, Cao Loc District, Lang Son Province.
Objects of worship: Fairies who have merit of helping farmers in fieldwork.
Activities: Worship to Buddha, pray for good fortune, festival of enjoy the spring: young people go to the hill and sing giao duyên with the style of sli, luon.

Tam Thanh Pagoda Festival

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Time: The 15th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Lang Son City, Lang Son Province.
Objects of worship: Buddha.
Activities: Unicorn dance, breeding young fish to the lake and the stream, lion dance, human chess playing. See tours in North Vietnam

Traditional festivals in Thai Nguyen province:

Duom Temple Festival

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Time: 6th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Dong Dat Commune, Phu Luong District, Thai Nguyen Province.
Objects of worship: Worship to Duong Tu Minh, who has the merit of fighting Song aggressors during Ly Dynasty.
Activities: Incense offering ceremony, offer big feast, worshipping gods singing, giao duyen singing.

Traditional festivals in Hai Phong City:

Dong Ly Communal House Festival

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Time: 8th to the 12th day of the first lunar month.
Location: My Dong Commune, Thuy Nguyen District, Hai Phong City.
Objects of worship: Su Quyen, general of Hai Ba Trung.
Activities: Procession of ancestral tablet, worshipping, Chinese chess, cock fighting.

Giai Market Festival

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Time: In the morning of the 2nd day of the first lunar month.
Location: Ha Ðoi Hamlet, Tien Thanh Commune, Tien Lang District, Hai Phong City.
Objects of worship: Tran Quoc Thanh (a talented general of Tran Dynasty).
Activities: Festival of the beginning of a new year, selling and buying for lucky.

Ha Lung Temple Festival

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Time: 16th day to the 18th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Dang Hai Ward, Hai An District, Hai Phong City.
Objects of worship: Ngo Quyen, who started the age of self-control of our country, major victory in against Nam Han invaders on Bach Dang River.
Activities: Sacrifices - offering ceremony, incense offering, visiting the vestige of Bach Dang Stake-Yard.

Pho Chieu Pagoda Festival

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Time: 4th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Du Hang Kenh Ward, Le Chan District, Hai Phong City.
Activities: Ancestor’s anniversary death.

Phuc Le Festival

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Time: 2nd to 6th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Phuc Le Commune, Thuy Nguyen District, Hai Phong City.
Activities: Dum singing, vegetarian-cooking contest, weaving, and traditional games.

Prince Consort Temple (Deo Temple) Festival

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Time: the 15th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Nui Deo Town, Thuy Nguyen District, Hai Phong City.
Objects of worship: General Lai Van Thanh, talented General Tran Dynasty.
Activities: A sacrifices - offering ceremony in commemorating the merit of the General.

Rowing Festival

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Time: 21st day of the first lunar month.
Location: Cat Hai Townlet, Cat Hai District, Hai Phong.
Activities: Boats racing.

Spring Swinging Festival

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Time: Tet holidays.
Location: Some regions of Thuy Nguyen and An Lao Districts, Hai Phong City.
Activities: Swinging.
This is an attractive game in spring festive days. It has the martial spirit and it is an opportunity for boys and girls to meet and get to know each other. The most enthusiastic swing is couple swing with a boy and a girl. They have to co-ordinate rhythmically. Swinging is a contest that excites to activity and courage.

Vieing for ball Festival

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Time: 6th day of the first lunar month (every 3 year).
Location: Kim Son Village, Tan Trao Commune, Kien Thuy District, Hai Phong City.
Objects of worship: Pham Ngu Lao, famous General of Tran Dynasty.
Activities: Competition among the young men in the region to vie for ball. The ball is made from bulb of banana-tree, diameter 30-40cm, and weight about 20kg.

Xua Market Festival

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Time: The 1st day of the first lunar month.
Location: Xua Village, An Lu Commune, Thuy Nguyen District, Hai Phong City.
Activities: The market opens in the morning of the first day of Tet, sell all kind of local agricultural products. People go to the market not only for selling and buying but also for praying lucky in trading all the year. See tours in North Vietnam

Traditional festivals in Hai Duong province:

Cao Temple Festival

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Time: 22nd day to the 24th day of the first lunar month.
Location: An Lac Commune, Chi Linh District, Hai Duong Province
Objects of worship: The village's tutelary god and 5 brothers and sisters of family name of Vuong who help Le Dai Hanh against Song invaders: Vuong Duc Minh, Vuong Duc Xuan, Vuong Duc Hong, Vuong Thi Dao, Vuong Thi Lieu.
Activities: The procession of 6 palanquins of which dragon and unicorn-dancing teams go ahead.

Vietnam traditional festivals Van Nien Festival

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Time: 12th to the 18th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Nam Sach Town, Nam Sach District, Hai Duong Province
Objects of worship: The first doctoral candidate Quy Minh, having merit with the Le Dynasty.
Activities: Commemorate the victory, battle performance festival "Xong he".

Vietnam traditional festivals Yet Kieu Temple Festival

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Time: 15th day of the first lunar month and 15th day of the 8th lunar month.
Location: Quat Hamlet, Yet Kieu Commune, Gia Loc District, Hai Duong Province.
Objects of worship: Yet Kieu ( general of Tran Hung Dao who was well in swimming).
Activities: Moc duc ceremony, statue procession, tu linh dance, boat race, playing chess and dao dia. See tours in North Vietnam

Traditional festivals in Quang Ninh province:

Vietnam traditional festivals Tien Cong Festival

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Time: 7th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Cam La Commune, Ha Nam Island, Yen Hung District, Quang Ninh Province.
Objects of worship: Founding fathers who built dykes, created the populated Ha Nam Island.
Activities: The senior men of the village (all older than 70 years old) go to the temple for congratulation ceremony; wrestling show.
Their children or grandchildren carry offering on their head to the decorative cult tables, especially there is a long ma (horse-dragon) made from fruits on the tray. The elder men follow them, if some of them be weak, aided by their offspring. After the liturgy comes the ground-breaking ritual: the four chosen longevity men pick four balls of earth and build a mock dyke in front of the incense table of the founding fathers (Tien Cong). They then perform acts of wrestling to represent the “struggle against nature". This is to continue the cause of those who built dykes on the sea to protect the villages and hamlets of the island.
After the ground-breaking ritual are games buffalo fighting, cock fighting, human chess, swinging, popular opera performance. See tours in North Vietnam

Traditional festivals in Ha Tay province:

Vietnam traditional festivals An Son Festival

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Time:5th day of the first lunar month.
Location: An Son Village, Dong Son Commune, Chuong My District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Three brothers of Dang family (Dang Ca, Dang Hai, Dang Ba), generals of Hai Ba Trung.
Activities: Flag festival.

Vietnam traditional festivals Boi Khe Pagoda Festival

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Time: 2nd day of the first lunar month.
Location: Tam Hung Commune, Thanh Oai District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Buddha, Zen teacher and shaman Nguyen Binh An (in the 14th century).
Activities: Water procession, statue washing, vegetarian feast offering. Games: dragon dance, stick dance, boat rowing for catching ducks, Chinese chess playing, cheo popular opera singing, burning of fireworks.

Vietnam traditional festivals Chuong Market Festival

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Time: Market Festival: 10th day of the first lunar month (Village festival: 10th day of the third lunar month).
Location: Chuong Market (Chuong Village) Phuong Trung Commune, Thanh Oai District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Bo Cai Dai Vuong Phung Hung, tutelary god.
Activities: Sell and display conical hats, contests of human chess, rice cooking.
Chuong Village, a big village of Phuong Trung Commune, is famous for conical hats making long time ago and Chuong Market Festival is one of the biggest one in the region. This is the Location not only to exchange goods but to occur the cultural activities in the region, especially village handicraft culture.
In the festival, there are contests of rice cooking, playing human chess, selling and buying conical hats for lucky.

Vietnam traditional festivals Da Si Village Festival

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Time: 12th to the 15th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Da Si Village, Kien Hung Commune, Ha Dong Town, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Hoang Don Hoa, the village's tutelary god (famous medical doctor) and his wife - Princess Phuong Dung (who grew medicinal plant) in the 18th century, famous for 201 medicines.
Activities: Sacrifice and incense-offering ceremonies, palanquin procession, dragon dance, swinging, cock-fighting, wrestling, cheo singing, ca tru singing.

Vietnam traditional festivals Dang Communal House Festival

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Time:6thday of lunar month.
Location: Tran Dang Village, Hoa Son Commune, Ung Hoa District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Cao Lo ( famous general of An Duong Vuong).
Activities: Masquerade as a tiger and catching invaders.

Vietnam traditional festivals Dong Bo Dau Temple Festival

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Time: 8th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Thong Nhat Commune, Thuong Tin District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Huyen Thien (Ung Thien) Dai Thanh Thien Vuong.
Activities: In commemorating Ung Thien who had the merit of exterminating thuong luong (monster); gay (sticks) dance.

Vietnam traditional festivals Dong Phi Village Festival  

Time: 4thday of the first lunar month (every 3 year).
Location: Phuong Tu Commune, Ung Hoa District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Bach Tuong, Bach Dia, Do Dai.
Activities: Flying palanquin, returning palanquins, lion dance, sênh tiên dance, drum dance.

Vietnam traditional festivals Festival of rice cooking contest in Dong Van

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Time: the 15th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Dong Thap Commune, Dan Phuong District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Vang Vi, the village's tutelary god.
Activities: Water procession, popular opera singing, rice cooking contest (the way of making fire is unique).

Vietnam traditional festivals Gia La Night Festival

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Time:6th to the 14th day of the first lunar month (hold every 5-year).
Location: Duong Noi Commune, Hoai Duc District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: The village's tutelary god Duong Canh.
Activities: Have a procession at night, catching tiger performance, a returning palanquin procession.

Vietnam traditional festivals Hoa Son Festival

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Time: 6th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Hoa Son Commune, Ung Hoa District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Cao Son, Qui Minh.
Activities: Pray for good crops, play game of catching eel in big jar.

Vietnam traditional festivals Huong Pagoda Festival

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Time: From the 6th day of the first lunar month to the 15th day of the third lunar month, main festival days last from the 15th day to the 20th day of the second lunar month.
Location: Huong Son Commune, My Duc District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Sakyamuni Buddha, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, Holy Mothers.
Activities: One of the longest festivals with the most spacious area.
Approximately 70 kilometers southwest of Ha Noi, Huong Son boasts quite a few pagodas built in the Posterior Le Dynasty. Until the beginning of the 20th century, there have over 100 pagodas. Visitors can go to Huong Son via the Ha Dong - Van Dinh route.
Vietnamese or foreigners alike wish to come to Huong Son in springtime. Heading there tourists come to a magnificent land, a famous beauty spot in Vietnam.
Going boating in Yen Stream, visitors get a stunning view of the landscape in springtime. Here lies Ngu Nhac Mountain, there stand Hoi Bridge, Dun and Voi Phuc (Prostrating Elephant) mountains. Then come Thuyen Rong (Dragon Boat) and Con Phuong (Phoenix) mountains, not to mention various other mountains named after their shape like Ong Su (Buddhist Monk), Ba Vai (Buddhist nun), Mam Xoi (Tray of Sticky Rice), Trong (Drum), or Chieng (Gong).
At Trinh Temple visitors stop to burn incense and present to the Mountain Deity before going on their journey to Ba Cave. In front of the cave spreads a land with magnificent beauty. Leaving Ba Cave, tourists go to Tro Wharf, the starting point for the trekking up the mountain. Thien Tru Pagoda is the first destination. Known as the Kitchen of Heaven, it boasts Thien Thuy - a tower-like natural rock, and Vien Cong Tower an exquisite terracotta architectural structure dated back to the 17th century. On the right of the pagoda stands Tien Son Grotto, housing five statues carved out of stone and many stalactites and stalagmites which can be used as musical instruments.
To reach Huong Tich Grotto one go past a winding path paved with slabs of stone nature has smoothed. Alongside the path visitors has a chance to feast their eyes on stunning landscapes. In the 18th century, upon coming here Lord Trinh Sam had the words “The most beautiful grotto under the Southern sky” chiselled above the mouth of the grotto. Pushing into its belly, visitors get a spectacular view. Many stalactites and stalagmites are named after their shape: Rice Pile, Money Pile, Gold Tree, Silver Tree to name but a few. Inside there are statues of King’s Father, Queen, Avalokitesvara, and so on. Noteworthy is the Cuu Long structure with nine dragons flanking from above.
There are many interesting pagodas, caves and grottoes in Huong Son. Among them include Long Van, Tuyet Son, Hinh Bong, and so forth. The Ong Bay (Sung Sam) Cave, 2km from Long Van Pagoda, still retains traces of ancient people some tens of thousands of years ago.
Unlike any other Locations, Huong Pagoda harmonizes the characters of a Buddhist architectural complex with the impressive natural beauty. Coming here, tourists have chances to live in a boisterous atmosphere of a spring festival amidst beautiful landscape. They seem to be free from all tiredness and sorrow and come to pay respect to the compassionate Buddha. See tours in North Vietnam

Vietnam traditional festivals in February Khe Thuong Village Festival

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Time: 3rd to the 7th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Son Da Commune, Ba Vi District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Saint of mountain Tan Vien (son-in-law of Hung King).
Activities: “cutting for lucky” custom (in this case it is a contest of cutting banana trunk), wrestling for worshipping the genius.

Vietnam traditional festivals in February La Duong Communal House Festival

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Time: 11th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Duong Noi Commune, Hoai Duc District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: 3 Ancestor Gods (Tu Dao Hanh, Khong Lo, Giac Hai) in the La Duong Communal House and Pagoda.
Activities: Incense offering ceremony, tripitaka teaching. Games: human chess playing, cocks fighting.

Vietnam traditional festivals in February Mang Son Temple Festival

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Time: 6th to the 12th day of the first lunar month. The main festive day is on the 6th day.
Location: Son Dong Commune, Son Tay Town, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Saint Tan Vien.
Activities: Offering procession (five fruits; unripen jack-fruit is indispensable; wild beast meat or three pieces of pigskin). Wrestling, con throwing, vi singing (kind of song which country boys and girls sing back and forth), dum singing, cross-bow shooting, tree swinging.

Vietnam traditional festivals in February Som Festival

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Time: 7th to the 12th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Phu Lam and Phu Luong Communes, Ha Dong Town, Ha Tay Province.
Activities: ky an ceremony (Worship for good health), xuan dinh sacrifices- offering ceremony (pray for giving birth to a son).

Vietnam traditional festivals in February Son Thanh Festival  

Time: 7th to the 9th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Son Thanh Village, Son Ha Commune, Phu Xuyen District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: To Hien Thanh, high-ranking mandarin of Ly Dynasty.
Activities: Sacrifices - offering ceremony in commemorating To Hien Thanh.

Vietnam traditional festivals in February Va Temple Festival

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Time: Spring festival: on the 15th day of the first lunar month (the main festival day). Autumn festival: the 15th day of the ninth lunar month.
Location: Va Temple, Van Gia Hamlet, Trung Hung Commune, Son Tay Town, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Tan Vien Genie (Son Tinh, one of four immortal gods in the Vietnamese pantheon).
Activities: The procession across the river to Doi Temple, the custom of catching fish for worshipping.
In the minds of Vietnamese people, Duc Thanh Tan (the Mountain Genie) is a sacred patron saint who drives out evil spirits and brings good things to people. Va Temple festival is annually held in the full moon of the first lunar month (spring festival) and of the ninth lunar month (autumn festival) to celebrate his services rendered to society. Every three years, the festival is organized with a large scale. Those are the years of the Mouse, Cat, Horse and Rooster.
The spring festival
In the years of the Mouse, Cat, Horse and Rooster, the festival has a ritual of water procession performed by Di Binh villagers of Vinh Thinh Commune, Yen Lac District, Vinh Phuc Province. Early in the morning of the 15th of the first lunar month, Di Binh residents row a boat to the middle of the Red River. On behalf of the villagers, an old man of great righteousness and generosity gets water from the river and pours into a china jar. Thereafter, they make a water procession to Va Temple, and then offer it to the deities. The big Va Temple Festival begins in the 13th with numerous activities. A palanquin procession of eight hamlets takes Location in the morning of 14th. About 1 or 2 a.m, old men perform a traditional ceremony. At 3 a.m, two temple guardians bring the tablets of the Mountain Genie, Saint Cao Son and Saint Quy Minh to the main palanquins. Thirty-two strong young men with the same height carry the palanquin. Four others hold fans and two hold parasols. They are followed the palanquins carrying the textual materials that tell the stories of the deities, costumes and hats of the deities, and offerings of the hamlets.
The palanquins are taken down to the boats. When the procession reaches the other bank, the palanquins are carried to Doi Temple. In the temple, a small pig of 30-40 kg is Locationd on the altar of the Mountain Genie as an offering. The notable men perform the rituals, called môc duc ritual, symbolizing the act of providing a bath to the Mountain Genie. Traditional games are organized on the sandbank, which attract a lot of participants. In the evening, the procession comes back to Va Temple. The palanquins are located in front of the main house. During that night, they hold the traditional rituals.
On the 15th day, pilgrims offer incense and fruit to the Mountain Genie at the temple. There also take Location many traditional games such as wrestling, tug of war.
The Autumn Festival
The festival begins on the 14th of the ninth lunar month. On that day, the inhabitants of Van Gia, Nghia Phu, Thanh Tri, Mai Trai, Dam Trai Hamlets gather at the Tich River (the section from Thuong Cau Vang to Ha Ma Mang) to catch fish. Those who catch white, big fish have to hand in the village to present the Mountain Genie, and bring home the small ones. The fish catching game ends when they have enough 99 big fish. This festival is known as da ngu (catching fish).
Anyone who catches big fish thinks that the Mountain Genie will bring him an auspicious year. Ninety-nine fish are cleaned and cooked into various dishes to offer the Mountain Genie as a way to pay homage to the Genie. At the end of the ceremony, people enjoy fish dishes. The festival ends. See tours in North Vietnam

Vietnam traditional festivals in February Van Sa Festival

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Time: The 5th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Van Sa Communal House, Tan Hong Commune, Ba Vi District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Tran Quoc Chan (the second - born child of Tran Hung Dao, a high ranking mandarin of Tran Dynasty) and Ngu Nuong (Saint Ba, a general of Hai Ba Trung).
Activities The village festival of the work of raising silkworms and weaving silk, flower procession (the top of the sections of bamboo are splited and dyed look like flowers).
Games: striving for silkworm cocoons (silkworm cocoons are put on the frame and shaked strongly to drop them down; people who pick up much will have much lucky in this year), Tu dan lac nghiep show (four works show: Si, Nong, Cong, Thuong), Tu Linh dance (four sacred animal: Long, Li, Qui, Phuong)

Traditional festivals in Nam Dinh province:

Vietnam traditional festivals in February An Cu Village Festival

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Time: 6th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Xuan Vinh Commune, Xuan Truong District, Nam Dinh Province.
Activities: Sticks dance.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Phuong Thanh Festival
Time: 5th to the 7th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Phuong Dinh Commune, Truc Ninh District, Nam Dinh Province.
Objects of worship: The founding father of weaving village.
Activities: Weaving contest, cock fighting contest, Chinese chess, wrestling contest.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Vi Khe Flower Festival
Time: 20th to the 30th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Nam Truc District, Nam Dinh Province.
Activities: The fair of flowers and ornamental plants. Contests of wrestle and running.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Vieng Market Festival
Time: 8th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Kim Thai Commune, Vu Ban District and Nam Giang Town, Nam Truc District, Nam Dinh Province.
Activities: Opens only one in a year, selling and buying things for lucky.
- Vieng Market Festival (Vu Ban District): display goods for sale and buy such as handicraft products, antiquities and false antiquities, utensils, tools for agriculture production, and many kinds of ornamental plants. Specialities are barbecued beef and giay cake.
- Vieng Festival in Chua Market (Nam Truc District): opens according to the custom of giving a feast to the troops after the victory of King Quang Trung in the spring of Ky Dau year (1789). There are sacrifices - offering ceremony and a procession of god.

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Traditional festivals in Ha Nam province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Gua Village Festival
Time: 4th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Gua Village, Liem Thuan Commune, Thanh Liem District, Ha Nam Province.
Objects of worship: Truong Nguyen, General of King Dinh Bo Linh.
Activities: The game of vieing for ball and wrestling in remembering the soldiers recruitment during the Ðinh Dynasty.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Lieu Doi Wrestling Festival
Time: 5th to the 10th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Lieu Doi Village, Liem Tuc Commune, Thanh Liem District, Ha Nam Province.
Objects of worship: God of Doan family who was a man of extraordinary strength, good at martial art, and having the merit of squashing the rebellion.
Activities: Wrestle, tram tu ceremony, vè reading contest all night, contest of cooking regional specialties from eels, snails, frogs, fish. See tours in North Vietnam

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Traditional festivals in Thai Binh province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Dia Temple Festival
Time: 6th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Canh Tan Commune, Hung Ha District, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: God of land.
Activities: Water procession, catching fish.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Dinh Voi Market Festival
Time: The 2nd day of the first lunar month.
Location: Diep Nong Commune, Hung Ha District, Thai Binh Province.
Activities: wrestling, playing chess.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Duong Xa Festival
Time: 5th to the 6th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Tien Duc Commune, Hung Ha District, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: General Tran Nhat Hieu.
Activities: chau van singing, ‘fish feast’ offering.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Fair of An Dien (An Quy) Village
Time: 10th to the 12th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Vu Thu District, Thai Binh Province.
Activities: Spring market for selling goods and entertainment. This is the land of popular opera. Many good, nice artists sing popular opera on days of the 11th and the 12th day of the first lunar month.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Giang Village Festival
Time: 4th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Dong Tan Commune, Dong Hung District, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: Princess Quy Minh (daughter of King Tran Due Tong).
Activities: Flag and fan dance (that is taught by Princess Quý Minh).
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Het Temple Festival
Time: The 8th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Bich Du Village, Thai Thuong Commune, Thai Thuy District, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: Pham Ngu Lao, general of Tran Dynasty.
Activities: Sacrifices- offering ceremonies of the god, vieing for ball.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Hoi Village Festival
Time: 6th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Hai Trieu Village (the official name is Hoi Village), Tan Le Commune, Hung Ha District, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: First doctoral candidate of Pham Don Le, the founder of mat weaving.
Activities: Have a procession of palanquin "Trang chieu" (expert of sedge mat), competition of weaving mats nice and fast.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Lang Festival
Time: 6th to the 11th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Song Lang Commune, Vu Thu District, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: Do Do, a famous cultural man under Ly Dynasty.
Activities: The festival is hold every 2 year. Have a procession of palanquin from temple to communal house, sprinkle flowers on road to sweep ghosts away from the village. Wrestling contest, vegetarian meal, meat meal.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Lo Festival
Time: 3rd day of the first lunar month.
Location: Coi Village (Coi Khe, Hoi Khe), Vu Hoi Commune, Vu Thu District, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: King An Duong Vuong.
Activities: Throwing and snatching at silkworm cocoons; Folk games: giap sat, khuyen tro, chuc Thanh.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Mien Village Festival
Time: 4th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Quynh Hong Commune, Quynh Phu District, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: The tutelary god of the region - Lord of Beo Dau (azolla).
Activities: Perform 4 professions with 4 humorous games: Sy (scholar), Nong (agriculture), Cong (handicraft), Thuong (trade), praying the prosperous for the agricultural work. The most joyful game is ploughing, transplanting rice seedlings.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Thuong Liet Festival
Time: 11th to the 13th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Dong Tan Commune, Dong Hung District, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: Goddess Quy Minh (daughter of Tran Due Tong King).
Activities: Dances of flag, fan and unicorn, ca tru singing, drop lamps.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February To Xuyen Village Festival
Time: 6th day of the first lunar month.
Location: An My Commune, Quynh Phu District, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: Hung Nghia marquis (prince consort of Tran Dynasty).
Activities: Spring festival, sell truncated-sun and moon-shaped cakes; play games: catching snakes, fighting tiger. See tours in North Vietnam

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Traditional festivals in Thanh Hoa province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Giap Mai Village Festival
Time: 9th to the 11th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Te Thang Commune, Nong Cong District, Thanh Hoa Province.
Objects of worship: Tran Khat Chan.
Activities: Folk songs singing and dancing.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Lao Village Festival
Time: 6th day to the 7th day of the first lunar month.

Location: Dinh Tuong Commune, Yen Dinh District, Thanh Hoa Province.
Objects of worship: Thanh Quan.
Activities: Hunting cuoc (water hen) then give up to the village, tearing fish, tearing pork meat for offering.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Luong Trung Wrestle Festival
Time: 10th to the 14th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Quang Trung Commune, Quang Xuong District, Thanh Hoa Province.
Objects of worship: Duong Cong, the founder of wrestling arts.
Activities: Sacrifices- offering ceremonies of the village's tutelary god and the founder of the wrestle, wrestling contest.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Tat Tac Festival
Time: 6th to the 10th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Tien Loc Commune, Hau Loc District, Thanh Hoa Province.
Objects of worship: The founder of forging and coining.
Activities: dum singing by boys and girls of Bui Village; a cut table procession by Ngo and Son villages. See tours in North Vietnam

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Traditional festivals in Nghe An province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Bua Cave Festival
Time: 21st to the 23rd day of the first lunar month.
Location: Chau Tien Commune, Quy Chau District, Nghe An Province.
Activities: Spring festival of the ethnic minority.
Bua Cave is a natural landscape, situated in the range of limestone mountains with many unique forms that are related to historical legends. On the the day of the beginning spring, Bua Cave Festival is held to thank gods of Earth, Mountain. People of many other ethnic groups in the region in color ethnic dresses attend the festival. Sap dance, con throwing, pan-pipe playing, shooting cross-bow... are attractive many people. Every year, beauty contest of mountainous region is held at Bua Cave.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Con Temple Festival
Time: The 19th to the 21st day of the first lunar month.
Location: Phuong Can Village, Quynh Phuong Commune, Quynh Luu District, Nghe An Province.
Objects of worship: Duc Thanh Mau, the Holy Mother - one of four goddesses (she protects and supports for villagers to have prosperous life, helping the armies cross the ocean safe and sound).
Activities: Game of mimic navy battle.
Con Temple is one of the most sacred temples in Nghe An. It was built in 1235 under Tran Dynasty and situated near by sea gate of Lach Con, among a charming mountains and water area. Con Temple Festival opens with boats decorated with flags, flowers, the sounds of drums and gongs. The game of mimic navy battle is related to the legend of building temple. The game includes blue and red troops which are fought on an obstacles and difficult of access range of mountain from Oi Village to Con Temple. Mimic battle is held every 3-year. Among which, the custom of oi running is unique feature of Con Temple Festival. It involves many traditional games: fairy swinging, wrestling, human chess playing, dragon boat racing, Vietnamese opera (tuong), popular opera (cheo), chau van songs... At the end of the festival are the ceremonies of praying for peaceful life, good fortune, thanksgiving, consult a fortuneteller... See tours in Central Vietnam
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Hau Luat Festival
Time: 5th to the 6th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Yen Thanh District, Nghe An Province.
Objects of worship: Trieu Co who expanded a new cultivative land.
Activities: Opening new land festival in the beginning of the year.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Nguyen Su Hoi Temple Festival
Time: The 15th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Van Loc Village, Nghi Tan Ward, Cua Lo Town, Nghe An Province.
Objects of worship: Nguyen Su Hoi (Thai Uy Quan Cong, a high-ranking mandarin in old dynasties who had great merit of expanding the wasteland of the east of Nghi Loc District).
Activities: Palanquin procession of god, boat racing.
The temple is situated on the left bank of Cam River, 500m from Cua Lo Town. Every year, villagers open festival for remembering on his death's day. Re-perform the navy battle on the sea which is commanded by Nguyen Su Hoi; boat racing; a palanquin procession of god from Nguyen Su Hoi Temple goes around the village.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Qua Son Temple Festival
Time: 19th to the 21st day of the first lunar month.
Location: Boi Son Commune, Do Luong District, Nghe An Province.
Objects of worship: Ly Nhat Quang (Uy Minh Royal Highest Ly Hoang).
Activities: Worshipping ceremony, a procession of 12 dragon boats, boat racing.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Quynh Festival
Time: The 27th day of the twelfth lunar month.
Location: Quynh Doi Commune, Quynh Luu District, Nghe An Province.
Objects of worship: The ancestors of families: Ho, Nguyen, Hoang, Duong, Phan, Pham who had merit of setting up the village.
Activities: Procession of god to communal house, sacrifice - offering ceremony, vying for cau gio, wrestling, swinging.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Tram Festival
Time: 1st to the 3rd day of the first lunar month.
Location: Dong Liet Hamlet, Nam Thai Commune, Nam Dan District, Nghe An Province.
Activities: Rice cooking contest. Each couple are both walking and cooking rice.

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Traditional festivals in Ha Tinh province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Phan Xa Festival
Time: 7th to the 15th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Nghi Xuan District, Ha Tinh Province.
Activities: Opening rice paddies ceremony.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Xuan Dien Festival
Time: 4th to the 8th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Phan Xa Village, Ich Hau Commune, Can Loc District, Ha Tinh Province.
Objects of worship: God of Tam Lang.
Activities: A dao singing, rice cooking contest. Dragon boats race and a God procession on canal every 3-year. See tours in Central Vietnam

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Traditional festivals in Hanoi City:
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Ba Gia Village Festival
Time: 9th to the 11th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Phu Gia Communal House, Tay Ho District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Royal Highest Trang Muc, a general of Saint Dong, Queen of silkworm Quynh Hoa.
Activities: Water procession, a dao singing.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Bo De Village Festival
Time: 6th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Phu Vien Village (Bo De is the official name of Phu Vien Village), Bo De Ward, Long Bien District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Cao Son, Ms. Can My Nuong, Dung Hoa.
Activities: Boat racing.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Co Loa Festival
Time: From the 6th to the 16th day of the first lunar month, the main festival day is on the 6th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Co Loa Commune, Dong Anh District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: King An Duong Vuong.
Activities: The procession of 12 hamlets and 7 villages, the procession of “alive” king in Nhoi Village.
On the afternoon of the 5th day of the first lunar month, all of the eight communes (including Co Loa Commune and the establishing relations between seven communes) hold the incense offering ceremony at the communal house. At Thuong Temple, village officials and mandarins hold the similar ceremony and revise the king’s contributions and achievements.
The official festival day, which is on the 6th of the first lunar month, starts with processions and grand sacrifices- offering ceremony. In early morning, a solemn and splendid procession takes orations from the oration writer’s house to the temple. The chief officiant at Thuong Temple has to come up and receive the orations and puts them on the altar. Next to the door of the temple is a pair of life-size pink and white wooden horses. Their harnesses are decorated with phoenix motifs and beautiful gold thread embroideries. The path to the temple is lined with decorative weapons and eight precious votive objects. At that time, the palanquins of the establishing relations between seven communes arrive at Thuong Temple and are put on the yard. The worshipping rituals begin. Votive offerings include incense, flowers, truncated cone-shaped cakes made of sticky rice, fruits, steamed sticky rice, meat, giay cakes and popcorn. According to folk knowledge, the last two things were used by King An Duong Vuong to treat his troops. The rituals last until 12 o’clock. Meanwhile, in the temple, some senior people representing their communes pray to the king for peace and prosperity to their villagers.
Next is the procession to take the god from the temple to the communal house so that he can watch the festivities. This is the biggest procession with the participation of all the palanquins. When reaching the main entrance called Nghi Mon, the palanquins return to their villages. Co Loa’s procession and palanquin do the same rituals once more at the communal house. This is the end of the official festival day. From then to the end of the whole festival, there are only duty ceremonies and votive offerings of residential groups, family lines and visitors.
An Duong Vuong Temple Festival has a special procession for the fake king of Nhoi village. On Mount Sai in Nhoi Village is a temple dedicated to Saint Tran Vu, who, according to legends, helps the king drive away evil spirits and build Co Loa Citadel. Every year, on the 12th day of the first lunar month, the king would go there together with his mandarins to do worshipping rituals. But because such travelling was quite complicated, King An Duong Vuong asked a local man to impersonate him and held a similar ritual. Later generations put on stage that story. Though this custom is specific for Nhoi Village, it helps to diversify activities of the Co Loa Festival.
The Co Loa Festival has many other fun activities such as human chess, wrestling, cock fighting, swings, rope climbing, card playing, and cheo and tuong singing.
On the final day of the festival, a grand farewell ceremony will be held at the temple. The rituals are the same as in the main festival day. After the rituals, the cult table of god will be returned to the sanctuary. Local people enjoy the god’s favor and expect a year of prosperity and protection from the god. See tours in North Vietnam
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Cong Yen Festival
Time: 13th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Cong Yen Temple, Cong Vi Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Royal Highest Saint Quang Hong.
Activities: Worshipping ceremony is carried by men and worshipping ceremony is carried by women, ca tru singing, birds fighting, cocks fighting.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Dai Lan Village Festival
Time: 6th to the 8th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Dai Lan Hamlet, Duyen Ha Commune, Thanh Tri District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Minh Ho, Linh Chieu, Cha Muc (Generals of Hung Vuong period and also three brothers).
Activities: A procession and making a feast of ca lang (hemibagrus), wrestling, sticks fighting, sticks dancing.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Dai Mo Festival
Time: 6th to the 8th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Dai Mo Commune, Tu Liem District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: A La Nang De (general lady of Hai Ba Trung), Thuy Hai Long vuong Nguyen Quy Duc, Nguyen Quy An, Nguyen Quy Kinh.
Activities: steamed - glutinous rice contest, human chess, a dao singing.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Dong Soc Son Festival (Soc Son Temple Festival)
Time: From the 6th to the 8th day of the first lunar month. The main festive day is on the 7th day.
Location: Phu Linh Commune, Soc Son District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Saint Dong.
Activities: Fighting for bamboo flowers and cut the General of Yin invaders.
It is said that Soc Son was the final Location Saint Dong took a rest before returning to Heaven. The festival organizes every year in memmorating the day that the legend hero took off his armour and flew to heaven. It involves an incense offering ceremony, Saint's statue bathing ceremony, a bamboo flowers offering (symbolize for riding-whip of the Saint) is on the 7th day (the main festive day), then throwing them, then people strive them for lucky. Cutting general ceremony symbolize for the action that Saint Dong cut the General of Yin invaders.
On the 8th day holding gia dam (ending) ceremony. Games in the festival: fighting cock, playing Chinese chess, swinging, ca tru singing to worship gods.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Mai Dong Wrestling Festival
Time: 4th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Mai Dong Ward, Hoang Mai District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Tam Trinh - General of Hai Ba Trung.
Activities: Wrestling contest.
Mai Dong Communal House worships to Tam Trinh, a general of Trung Sisters who defeated To Dinh invaders. He is respected as the founder of wrestle. The procession is hold solemnly. Wrestling contests are exciting. The wrestling contest attracts hundreds of wrestlers from other regions such as Bac Ninh, Tu Liem, Thanh Tri... of which are even young wrestlers to take part in.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Nghe Village Festival
Time: 4th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Nghe Village, Nghia Do Ward, Cau Giay District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: General Tran Cong Tich, Queen Hong Nuong, and Que Nuong - a lady of high degree.
Activities: Rice cooking contest, before cooking the contestants must make fire by pulling giang thread through the hole of a bamboo chunk, one keeps and another tugs. Three stakes of bamboo are fix in the ground that made a cooking fire for the contestants.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Ninh Hiep Festival
Time: the 18th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Nanh Village, Ninh Hiep Commune, Gia Lam District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Madam Ly Nhu Thai Lao, the founder of Vietnamese traditional medicine (based on medicinal herbs).
Activities: Incense offering ceremony, people come to the festival to worship and ask for traditional recipe. See tours in North Vietnam
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Sai Dong Festival
Time: 4th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Sai Dong Hamlet, Gia Thuy Ward, Long Bien District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Linh Lang.
Activities: Perform the farming work.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Sai Temple Festival (Alive King procession Festival)
Time: 12th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Thuy Loi Hamlet, Thuy Lam Commune, Dong Anh District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Huyen Thien Tran Vu.
Activities: According to the tale of Golden Tortoise that help An Duong Vuong exterminate ogre to build Co Loa Citadel. It involves a procession of alive king who is acted by an old man sitting in the palanquin.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Sua Mountain Festival
Time: the 19th day of the first lunar month.
Location:Sua Mountain (Bach Thao), Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Huyen Thien Hac Cong (Saint Hac Cong).
Activities: This festival originated from the swear custom of 3 hamlets: Ngoc Ha, Huu Tiep, Xuan Bieu to strengthen the union against the natural calamities and enemy-inflated destruction. People take part in the festival for meeting and entertainment: songs singing, bonsai contest, cooking steamed glutinous rice contest.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Thanh Nhan Temple Festival
Time: 6th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Thanh Nhan Hamlet, Thanh Xuan Commune, Soc Son District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Phu Dong Thien Vuong.
Activities: Bronze statues of pink and white horses. Big procession of nine villages.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Thi Cam Rice-cooking Contest
Time: 8th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Hoe Thi Hamlet, Xuan Phuong Commune, Tu Liem District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Phan Tay Nhac.
Activities: The contest comprises various episodes: water fetching contest, fire making contest and rice-cooking contest.
Phan Tay Nhac was the General of the 18th Hung King. He was in Thi Cam Village. He usually organized contest of cooking rice to select the people who were good at army ordnance while drilling soldiers. When he died villagers honor him as the village's tutelary god. Every year, the festival of rice cooking contest is organized to recall the old tale.
The competitors have to husk rice, fetch water, make fire, and cook rice by straw. The time for contest is finished when an incense stick burned out. Those giap (a part of the village) which finish first, has the best and the most white rice will win the first prize.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Thuong Lao Communal House Festival
Time: 7th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Luc Canh Hamlet, Xuan Canh Commune, Dong Anh District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: An Duong Vuong, Cao Son.
Activities: Ca tru singing, wrestling, human chess, kite flying.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Thuy Linh Village Festival
Time: 7th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Linh Nam Ward, Hoang Mai District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: King Linh Lang, god of Bach Ho (Saint Hai).
Activities: Vieing for ball.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Trieu Khuc Village Festival
Time: From the 10th to the 12th day of first lunar month.
Location: Trieu Khuc Hamlet, Tan Trieu Commune, Thanh Tri District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Bo Cai Royal Highest Phung Hung - a founder of village, member of Vu family who taught the villagers how to make embroidery.
Activities: Dragon dance, flag dance.
The festival is organized at the Communal House. There are two communal houses in the village: Sac Communal House is the Location keep the royal honor - conferring diploma; Lon (big) Communal House (main communal house), where worship to the village's tutelary god: Phung Hung (in the 8th century). Trieu Khuc Village famous for making handicrafts such as: embroidering and sewing worshipping objects. Family name of Vu is the founder of the embroidery. The festival involves the sacrifices - offering ceremony, a procession of royal mantle of Phung Hung King from Sac Communal House return to Lon Communal House.
It also involves dragon dance, unicorn dance, bong dance, flag running review troops, popular opera performance to describe the tale of Phung Hung King chosen talent people to the army. Games: wrestling, swinging. See tours in North Vietnam
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Vieing for ball Festival in Vien Noi
Time: 8th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Vien Noi Hamlet, Van Noi Commune, Dong Anh District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: General Dong Vinh, General Chung Bao.
Activities: Procession of Than Cau (God of Ball) and sacrifices - offering ceremony of Than Cau. It involves the games using “ông Móc” to vie for ball.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Xuan Lai Temple Festival
Time: 4th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Xuan Lai Hamlet, Xuan Thu Commune, Soc Son District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Saint Dong.
Activities: Wrestling, carrying water and making fire for rice cooking contest, striving for flags and "mo tugging" game.

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Traditional festivals in Quang Binh province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Canh Duong Festival
Time: 3rd to the 7th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Canh Duong Commune, Quang Trach District, Quang Binh Province.
Activities: Including cau ngu ritual and ky yen ritual. Contest of rice cooking in-group, have to cook rice while preventing a toad out of a circle. See tours in Central Vietnam

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Traditional festivals in Thua Thien - Hue province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Gia Lac Spring Fair Festival
Time: 1st to the 3rd day of the first lunar month.
Location: Phu Thuong Commune, Phu Vang District, Thua Thien-Huê Province.
Objects of worship: Dinh Vien Cong, 6th son of King Gia Long.
Activities: Spring festive holiday, organized only in 3 days of Tet every year.
The festival was organized during Minh Mang Dynasty, but at first it was confined inside the royal families and later it became the spring fair for everyone. The market opens from the first day morning of Tet in Gia Lac, 3km from the center of Hue City, toward Vi Da. Goods are abundant and change every year, from household utensils to toys for children, cakes, fruits and food, especially barbecued beef (or veal) - an indispensable dish in Tet holiday at Gia Lac.
Many games take Location in the festive days, including sing the songs of bai choi, bai ve, gia gao (sing while pounding the rice), repartee songs... People go to Gia Lac Spring Fair Festival pray for lucks and entertainment.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Phong Son Sacrifices-offering Ceremony
Time: 7th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Phong Son Commune, Phong Dien District, Thua Thien-Hue Province.
Objects of worship: God of stone.
Activities: The opening ceremony of the year: During this day, people cast a net or go to the forest by waterways for hunting.
Vietnam traditional festivals in February The wrestling competitions Festival of Sinh Village
Time: 9th to the 10th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Lai An Village, Phu Mau Commune, Phu Vang District, Thua Thien Hue Province.
Activities: Traditional wrestle festival.
The festival is not only attract the youths of the village but also thousands of young boys and girls coming here from various districts and Hue City. It takes Location in animated and crowded context. The wrestling competition Festival of Sinh Village symbolizes for the martial arts of the inhabitants of Hue in the past centuries. See tours in Central Vietnam

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Traditional festivals in Binh Dinh province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Dong Da Festival (Binh Dinh)
Time: 5th day of the first lunar month.
Location: Binh Nghi Commune, Tay Son District, Binh Dinh Province.
Objects of worship: Emperor Quang Trung (Nguyen Hue) and leaders of Tay Son movement.
Activities: Drumming competition (Tay Son fighting drum), perform imitative battle, martial art: playing with fighting sticks danh con, di quyen (a Vietnamese form of Kung Fu, a system of unarmed combat using the hands and feet as weapons).
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Spring Festival of Go Market
Time: 1st day of the first lunar month.
Location: Phong Thanh Hamlet, Tuy Phuoc Townlet, Tuy Phuoc District, Binh Dinh Province.
Activities: Spring Festival: Buying, selling and entertainment. See Tours in South of Vietnam

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Traditional festivals in Tay Ninh province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Ba Den Mountain Festival
Time: Spring Festival: From the 15th to the 18th day of the first lunar month; Via Ba Festival lasting from the 5th to the 6th day of the fifth lunar month.
Location: Ba Den Mountain, Tay Ninh Province.
Objects of worship: Linh Son Thanh Mau (Linh Son Saint Mother - Ba Den).
Activities: Two big festivals annually.
Spring Festival
The Ba Den Mountain Spring Festival is much boisterous than Via Ba Festival. Pilgrims go there for religious reasons as well as for sightseeing. The landscape displays its beauty in the fine weather. In the 20km-long route from Tay Ninh to the foot of Ba Den Mountain pilgrims from near and far crowd the road.
Via Ba Festival
The festival is held on the 5th to the 6th day of the fifth lunar month. At 0:00 hours on the 5th day of the fifth lunar month the Tam Ba (the statue washing of the Sacred Lady) ceremony takes Location solemnly in the worshipping altar. An elderly woman directs this ceremony. After burning incense to ask for the Lady’s permission, she and other assistants clean the statue with pure water, then with fragrant water. After three times of cleaning, they wear a new outfit for the statue and kow-tow before the statue. Lights inside the temple are switched on, incense burned, and doors open to welcome visitors.
Early in the morning of the 5th day of the fifth lunar month the chanting of Buddhist sutras signals the opening of the main festival day. Until 6 a.m monks in yellow outfit from nearby pagodas come to carry out the ritual in the ceremonial hall. During this day incense is burned continuously in the altars of Linh Son Thanh Mau, the Ba Chua Xu (Local Goddess), Buddha, or Ho Phap (Guardians).
Ten offerings presented to the altar of the Sacred Lady includes incense, oil lamp, flowers, tea, cinnamon, alcohol, vegetarian it cake, a pair of necklace, bracelet and earrings (three things of them are paper votive objects). Those serving the ceremony wear ceremonial costumes and walk to the accompaniment of music. After the incense offering ceremony, the monks pray the Buddhist sutras. The ceremony lasts two hours from 5 p.m to 7 p.m. On the 6th day of the fifth lunar month several rituals are held. The monks read Buddhist sutras in the altar dedicated to Buddha. The temple is open for pilgrims near and far from early in the morning until late at night. See Tours in South of Vietnam

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Traditional festivals in Saigon Ho Chi Minh City:
Vietnam traditional festivals in February Ky Yen Festival at Phu Nhuan Communal House
Time: From the 16th to the 18th day of the first lunar month.
Location: 18 Mai Van Ngoc Street, Ward 10, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City.
Objects of worship: Buddha, gods, talented and righteous men called tien hien and hau hien.
Activities: On the first day, it commences with prayers for peace and performances of traditional dance and martial arts, as well as other rites based on southern tradition.
On the second and the third days, worship is held according to northern tradition. At the very end of the festival, there is a nomination of a prince and an evening for geishas, as according to southern tradition. See Tours in South of Vietnam

Source: Vietnam Nation Administration of Tourism

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