Have a spring journey to the best festivals in the North
The spring is the prime time for people in Vietnam to feast, as the old saying has it “February is for celebrating,” especially in the North where holds the most exciting festivals in Vietnam. During the first month of the year, after the Tet holidays, the festival season starts with festivals taking place every day. Let’s find out the best festivals in Vietnam to join in this season. Yen Tu Festival In 2018, this festival is on January 11th according to the Lunar Calendar – February 12th. This festival is held in the historical and natural complex of Yen Tu, Quang Ninh Province. Yen Tu is the name of a 1000-meter high mountain. It is considered the first Buddhism center in Vietnam. The pilgrimage to Yen Tu has attracted thousands of visitors during the three days of the festival. Giong Temple Festival Giong Temple Festival is held annually on 6th February of the Lunar year. Giong or Thanh Giong is the mythical hero in the folklore who has the supernatural power and has swept the invaders out of the nation. The festival is hold in Phu Linh Commune, Soc Son District, Hanoi. It is said that this is the where Thanh Giong stays before he ascended to Heaven. During the three days of Giong Festival, there are a lot of traditional ceremonies to be held in order to honor the national hero. You can enjoy the colorful and vibrant festival spirit, as well as the solemn atmosphere of the ceremony. With the impressive cultural values, the festival is recognized as an Intangible Heritage by UNESCO. Phủ Dày Festival Phu Day in Nam Dinh Province is the complex of architectural constructions. Phu Day is built in order to honor the Ba Chua Lieu Hanh. Visitors are granted a chance to explore a large complex of many traditional constructions including temples, tombs and the like. Besides sight-seeing, the festival hosts many vibrating and colorful cultural activities, for example, boat racing. It is celebrated on the 8th Lunar January. Keo Pagoda Festival Keo Pagoda, located in Duy Nhat Commune, Vu Thu District, Thai Binh Province, is one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam. It is also a worth-visiting religious construction due to its unique and incredible wooden architecture. During the festival times, besides Buddhism ceremonies, people also hold traditional games. Xoan Festival From 7th to 10th January of the Lunar Year, in Huong Nha Village, Phu Tho Province, there will be a colorful festival to celebrate and honor Xuan Nuong – a heroine of the legendary Hai Ba Trung (Trung Sisters) who rebels against the Chinese dominance. The festival is most known for the tradition of Xoan Singing – a traditional musical art form of Vietnam. Every year, Xoan performance is held to worship the Hung Kings, to pray for abundant crops and health and finally, to celebrate. Xoan Singing is inscribed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Joining this festival is the wonderful opportunity to explore this traditional art form in real life context and to know more about Vietnamese culture. Ba Chua Kho Festival It is one of the biggest festivals in Northern Vietnam. The festival is most famous among the trader circle and businessmen. In Vietnam, businessmen are the most conscious when it comes to the spirituality. The long-standing tradition of worshipping Ba Chua Kho – or the Goddess of the Fortune – is believed to bring the good fortune and wealth. Ba Chua Kho Festival is held in Bac Ninh which is also the home to many other exciting festivals in Spring. Besides these festivals, Lim, Chua Huong, and Hung King Festival are also of the largest celebrated festival in the Northern part of Vietnam.