7 most spectacular festivals in Vietnam was listed by The UK’s prestigious magazine Wanderlust. Let’s explore these 7 festivals.
Thay Pagoda Festival
A celebration of Buddhist monk Tu Dao Hanh’s life in Quoc Oai, Hanoi’s suburbs, with water puppetry performances and a procession of monks from Thay Pagoda. During his life, Tu Dao Hanh made many advances in medicine and religion, and invented the Vietnamese water puppet show.
The biennial cultural event honours the social values of Vietnam’s former capital city, Hue (Hanoi became the capital of Vietnam in 1976 after the North’s victory in the Vietnam War). Enjoy the wide variety of poetry, exciting street art performances, colourful exhibitions, drum and percussion concerts, and historical films.
The anniversary is marked by several festivals across Vietnam, and the big cities such as Hanoi, Hue and Da Nang are decorated with colourful banners, flags and lights. Because it is a national holiday, many people head home and spend the day with their family.
Vu Lan Festival
Celebrated throughout the country, friends and family gather together to bless the souls of their lost loved ones, making offerings of food and flowers. One of the most renowned meeting places is at Vinh Nghiem Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City.