Vietnam Festival and Events in 1st lunar month 2018

By Duyet Vo | January 22, 2018

LUNAR NEW YEAR (official taking place from 14-Feb-2018 to 20-Feb-2018 follow in Western Calendar)

1st lunar month 2018 (16-Feb-2018 -> 16-Mar-2018 follow Western Calendar)  is a most interesting festive month in Vietnam.  The special festivals and events would be organized throughout Vietnam in this occasion.

Today, we will find out about some Festival in 1st lunar month 2018:

Lim Festival

The Lim Festival is organized in Lim village, located 18 km from Hanoi, where Quan Ho, the special folk song is performed. It takes place every year on 13th day of the 1st lunar month (date in Western Calendar 28-Feb-2018). Tens of thousands of visitors come here to enjoy the dialogues performances between  “lien anh” (male singers) and “lien chi” (female singers), the country’s most skilled Quan Ho singers. These are male and female farmers who sing different types of songs in the pagodas, on the hills, and in the boats. Besides this, visitors can come to the Lim Festival to enjoy the weaving competition of the Noi Due girls. They weave and sing Quan Ho songs at the same time. Like other religious festivals, the Lim Festival goes through all the ritual stages, from the procession to the worshipping ceremony, and includes other activities.

The Lim Festival is a special cultural activity in the North. The festival celebrates the “Quan Ho” folk song which has become a part of the national culture and a typical folk song that is well loved in the Red River Delta region.

The Lim Festival is also celebrated with traditional temple games. In one game, teenage girls must mind a stranger’s baby, chew pieces of sugar cane in order to create fuel with which to start and maintain a fire, cook rice, and prevent a frog from jumping out of a circle marked on the ground. If the baby cries, the fire goes out or the frog escapes, the girl is disqualified.

Cau Ngu Festival

This festival of lower Thai Duong Village in Huong Hai Commune of Huong Dien District is organized annually on the 12th day of the 1st lunar month (date in Western Calendar 27-Feb-2018) in memory of the village tutelary genie Truong Quy Cong. His alias is Truong Thieu, and he was a native of the North who came to the village to settle, teach the locals how to fish, and trade junks. On the eve of the festival, the entire village begins making offerings. Both parts of the village, the upper and lower parts, worship to Truong Quy Cong. Late at night, the "fish worshipping ceremony" occurs, where people pray for peace and the future abundance of fish. Every three years, games representing sea fishing activities are organized, such as the "fish catching" game and "net-casting" game. After these games, people tend to go watch the rowing skiffs. The "net-casting" performance is a form of entertainment that is characterized by rituals to commemorate the merits of the village tutelary genie

Nui Ba Festival

If you go to Tay Ninh, you should visit Nui Ba, a beautiful mountain located in the middle of the Mekong Delta, 11km from downtown Tay Ninh. Nui Ba (Ba Mountain) is often called Ms. Den Mountain. According to a legend, the mountain was named after a young woman called Denh, but who was referred to as Den. She was the devout daughter of a guard officer of the Mien ethnic minority group. Den left her house to enter a monastery in the mountains. She became a nun due to family pressure to marry a guard officer's son from the Trang Bang Area. She remained at the monastery until she died. After her death, the Nguyen Dynasty ordered that a mould of her be cast in black bronze in her honour as the Linh Son Thanh Mau ( Saint Linh Son). During the spring until the afternoon of the 30th day of the 1st lunar month (date in Western Calendar 16-Mar-2018), and especially on the day of the full moon of the first month, tourists from Ho Chi Minh City and the provinces of the south pilgrimage to worship and sightsee. Starting at the bottom of the mountain, tourists climb one half of the mountain to Saint Linh Son's communal house and then follow a path that leads to a pagoda. This pagoda offers vegetarian meals. Tourists can eat as much as they want, but should donate some money to the pagoda; the amount of the donation depending on the budget of the tourist.