Upcoming festivals that you should not miss!

If you are planning to travel to Vietnam, it is advised to make your trip during the time of some interesting cultural festivals. Festivals in Vietnam offer visitors the best opportunity for getting up close and personal with the myths, customs and fun-loving spirit of this proud nation. Despite undergoing modern developments, Vietnam is still a predominantly traditional country. Although the list of festivals in this ancient country is quite long, the two festivals that tourists should not miss in 2017 are Lantern festival in Hoi An and Ao dai Festival in Ho Chi Minh City. Taking part in the festivals is one of the best ways to explore Vietnam as festivals provide an insight to an outsider in the cultures and beliefs of the people of the country. This article is going to give you some information about the festivals mentioned above. Hope you will find it useful while planning your holidays in Vietnam.

1/ Hoi An Lantern Festival in Hoi An town.

Hoi an ancient town is one of the must-visited destinations in Vietnam. The town was recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. Apart from famous historical sites, this ancient town is also famous for some unique cultural festivals. The most popular one is called Lantern Festival. It takes place on the 14th day of each lunar month when the moon is at its fullest and brightest. Most of the festivities are held at the Cau An Hoi Bridge and along the banks of the Hoai River, where throngs of people sailing off paper lanterns in various colors build up the lively atmosphere. All the buildings located within the ancient city of Hoi A start to turn their electricity off from 8 pm to allow soft lights from the lanterns to illuminate the surroundings.

Upcoming festivals that you should not miss!
Hoi An Lantern festival
Once you’ve gotten your lanterns, the peddler will loan you a makeshift stick to drop the lantern into the river, or you can send it off from the riverside by yourself. The locals believe that happiness, luck, and love will follow every lantern that sails with a good wish. Another way to sail your lantern off is to ride along the river on a traditional boat to experience the cheerful night.

2/ Ao Dai Festival in Ho Chi Minh City

Upcoming festivals that you should not miss!
Vietnamese Ladies
The Ao Dai Festival 2017 on HCM City’s Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in District 1 on March 3. The event is one of many cultural and art activities of the annual Ao Dai Festival, organized by the city’s Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. This year, the festival’s theme is Ao Dai- Toi Yeu Vietnam (Ao Dai - I Love Vietnam), aiming to honor and promote traditional cultural values as well as the beauty and grace of the ao dai, which has become the symbol of feminine beauty in Vietnam. A contest on designing áo dài for the workplace as well as ceremonies and festivals will also be organized by the city’s Youth Cultural House. The event will include an exhibition on ao dai at the Ao Dai Museum and two open-air music and song programs featuring pop stars and young singers.

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