For those visiting Vietnam there is a lot on offer from this gorgeous country. From the sights and sounds, the unique tasting food to the various historical landmarks scattered across the country. With a rich and vibrant culture, Vietnam is also home to many different festivals taking place throughout the year.With so many festivals, you can be sure to find something at any time of the year, and nothing will quite offer the experiences of a country than being in the midst of a vibrant festival.
Dalat Flower Festival
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The natural beauty of the landscapes in Vietnam is something to behold. It is also home to some truly fantastic weather, such as the Lam dong province, which houses the Da Lat city. Being 1500m above sea level has helped create a mild climate for most of the year, resulting in an extensive array of gorgeous flowers.There is an extravagant ceremony to open and close the festival, which takes place in the end of December through to the beginning of January. Many exhibitions are on display, showcasing some of the world’s best flowers, there is also markets, perfuming artist and food and drink on offer.
Elephant Racing Festival
The Vietnamese people have many distinct characteristics. From their love of good food to their rather unique method of bottling whisky, it’s a place where you can expect to see something different. The Buon Don Elephant Races are a traditional festival held annually in the Buon Don district of the country. Elephants are revered in Vietnam, so there is great deal of respect for the animals, which is why many take the time to train them for racing.Two jockeys or mahuts will mount the elephant with one steering and the other working on the speed of the animal. The race is a mile long track, with many there to cheer on the various different participants.
Phu Giay Festival
Taking place in the northern Nam Dihn province, this festival is a must see for anyone who enjoys games. The festival begins with commemorating the goddess Leiu Hanh, with worshipers praying for good luck. Once the formalities are out of the way, the fun begins, with a massive selection of games on offer.From human chess to card games, there are lots of fun filled gaming activities to enjoy.
A spring time celebration taking place in Hanoi, the Giong Festival aims to pay tribute to one of the four immortals of Vietnam – Saint Giong.Legend has it that he helped defend Vietnam from invading enemies, and has been immortalised for his noble efforts.The festival features many ceremonies that include prayers and offerings of incense to Saint Giong, as well as cleaning of his statue from locals.You can also enjoy a variety of fun activities, such as folk games and signing performances.
Chu Dong Tu Festival
Another festival to commemorate one of the four immortals of Vietnam, this one pays tribute to Chu Dong Tu is said to have taught the people of Vietnam how live a happy and prosperous life through teachings of business, and weaving.There are ceremonial processions at the start of the festival, with many areas making for Da Hoa and Da Trach temples in the Khoai Chau district of the Hung Yen province. Offerings from the locals are then given at the temples, with it being rounded off with incense burning from locals and those on pilgrims.After this, the festivities begin, with the games such as human chess along with dancing and singing.
A rather unique festival s it is only celebrated on even years, perhaps making it one of the most anticipated in Vietnam. Celebrated in the city of Hue, the festival aims to not only pay homage to the culture of Hue, but also the entire country.Every festival has its own distinct theme, yet each one is a celebration of all things Vietnam. There are performances re-telling famous historical events, along with masses of performances from various different arts.
What’s your favourite festival and why?