An ever-charming country, Vietnam is brimming with rich heritage and culture and Vietnam festivals in 2019 are going to be greatly celebrated with nonchalance, just like every year. There is absolutely nothing quite like the vibrant, lively and jovial atmosphere of a traditional celebration. Here we are sharing with you 5 Vietnam festivals in 2019 that are going to be worth seeing for yourself.
5 Major Vietnam Festivals in 2019
Tet Holidays (Lunar New Year): 2 – 10 February 2019
Tet, or the New Year in Vietnam, is a special time for celebration in their culture when families and neighbors come together and welcome the new year. The word is indeed a shortened form of ‘Tet Nguyen Dan’, which means ‘Feast of the First Morning of the First Day’ in Sino-Vietnamese.
This is the perfect time of the year to take a Vietnam tour and soak in the festive atmosphere of the country. The streets in Vietnam are decorated with flags, cumquat trees, ornaments, and cherry blossom. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and taste delicious traditional Vietnamese cuisine which is eaten during Tet such as the jam made of dried fruits, savory Chung cake, and pickled onions. Tet, the Vietnamese festival takes place on the first night of the new moon in the first month of the Lunar Calendar, which generally falls between the last week of January and the third week of February in the Gregorian calendar.
Perfume Pagoda Festival (Chua Huong): 19 February 2019
Experience the longest and the greatest among Vietnam festivals and celebrations, Chua Huong or the Perfume Pagoda Festival. Performed at the Perfume Pagoda in Hanoi, consisting the biggest complex of pagodas in Vietnam. It is approximately 44 miles from the center of Hanoi, and the festival is greatly celebrated on a large scale right after the Tet festival.
As a part of your North Vietnam trip, you can be one of the tourists to Chua Huong, taking the boat in Yen stream to Ben Tro from where you can wander up to the Thien Tru Pagoda. Immerse yourself in the essence of Vietnamese culture, as you see hundreds of people praying at the Huong Tich Cave in Perfume Pagoda. The people here pray for children and also for prosperity and wealth by touching either a gold or silver tree, as you can see next year at the Vietnamese festival in 2019.
Hue Festival: 27 April to 2 May 2019
The annual Hue festival is a 6-day celebration of the Vietnamese historical milestones as well as the culture of the Thua Hien Hue province. The upcoming Hue Festival in 2019 is expected to be the pinnacle of various milestones, held to acknowledge the 230th commemoration of the Nguyen Hue Emperor’s Coronation at the Ban Mount, and also the 25th commemoration of Hue as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO.
It is definitely worth taking out some time during your holiday in Vietnam to explore this festival, with a wobbling number of crafts exhibitions exhibiting Hue’s social and aesthetic traditions. There are also a number of group activities for you to indulge in such as shows, conventional sampan racing, kite flying, and workshops held during this period.
Independence Day, 2 September 2019
Independence Day is a significant historical, cultural and political event in Vietnam which celebrates the birth of the country. Try to attend this grand celebration at Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi (the place where Vietnamese independence was declared) as a part of your Vietnam tour. Enjoy the vibrant parades, a million red flags bearing yellow stars, and witness the Vietnamese celebrate their national heritage and culture with patriotic speeches and a splendid display of fireworks in all major cities.
You can also visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum during your Vietnam tour as it’s the place where the remnants of Ho Chi Minh himself are kept and honored till date.
Lantern Festival in Hoi An: Full Moon Every Month
The Hoi An festival in Vietnam is celebrated as a monthly lantern festival that starts as the full moon rises over Hoi An. As a part of this Vietnam festival in 2019, you can embark on a ride on a sampan and take part in the tradition of lighting a small lantern to send down the Thu Bon River. Watch in wonder as your surroundings become illuminated slowly with colors.
During the festival, locals pay tribute to their ancestors by setting up altars, flaming incense, and fake money, and offering flowers and fruits for prosperity. This is also the perfect time to visit a local temple, as each of the town’s pagodas are fluttering with activity, you may also get to see local musicians playing traditional instruments on the streets, witness Chinese chess matches by candlelight, watch poetry readings and other conventional theatrics and games such as bai choi, which is just like musical bingo.
The celebrations and festivals in Vietnam take place throughout the year and offers you an amazing opportunity to engage with the rich local traditions. If you’re planning to take a tour in the country any time soon, discovering the wonderful land through the above-mentioned Vietnam festivals in 2019 is going to be a unique way for you to know about the Vietnamese culture.