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Vietnam Festivals

BA DEN MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL VIETNAM  |  DO SON BUFFALO FIGHTING FESTIVAL VIETNAM
QUAN THE AM VIETNAM CULTURAL FESTIVAL  |  CAU NGU CULTURAL FESTIVAL
THE HUONG PERFUME PAGODA FESTIVAL VIETNAM

POPULAR CULTURAL FESTIVALS OF VIETNAM

The 2nd day of the 1st month:
Wrestling Festival in Lieu Doi, Nam Ha.
The 5th day of the 1st month: Festival of Dong Da hill, Hanoi: celebrate the anniversary of King Quang Trung's victory over 290,000 Qing invaders to liberate Thang Long (now Hanoi).
The 6th day of the 1st month: Festival of Eel-Catching in Pot in Ving Lac district, Vinh Phu province. This reflects the farmers' love for labor and the joy over bumper crops.
The 10th day of the 1st month: Festival in Trieu Khuc village, Hanoi. Cultural activities of a traditional handicraft village.
The 13th day of the 1st month: Lim Festival, Ha Bac. Festival of quan ho folk song singing. Boys and girls meet on river bank, on hill or in the yards of village's communal house and pagoda and exchange emotions.
The 15th day of the 1st month: Festival of Spring on Ba Den mountain.
The 15th of 2nd month (formal date): Festival of Huong Pagoda, Ha Tay: Traditional festival lasting over 2 months.
Spring festival of buffalo fighting in Tay Nguyen Highlands highlighting the martial spirit of the ethnic minority people.
The 10th day of the 3rd month: Festival of Hung Temple celebrating the death a anniversary of Kings Hung.
The 9th day of the 4th month: Giong Festival, Hanoi, commemorating Saint Giong, a legendary child hero who defeated foreign invasion and saved the nation.
The 26th day of the 4th month: Festival of Queen Su in Chau Doc.
The 5th day of the 5th month: Water Festival in Nha Trang. People in the city go to the beach and have a bath for health improvement.
The 16th day of the 6th month: Festival of Nghinh Ong in Tien Giang - Ben Tre.
The 30th day of the 7th month: Festival at Lang Ong, Ho Chi Minh City.
The 9th day of the 8th month: Buffalo fighting festival, Do Son, Hai Phong.
The 13th day of the 9th month:Festival of Keo Pagoda, Thai Binh. Traditional communal festival.
The 22nd day of the 11th month:Festival of Dong Quan in Chan Tien Pagoda, Hanoi.


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BA DEN MOUNTAIN VIETNAM FESTIVAL:
One cannot visit Vietnamís Tay Ninh without going to Nui Ba, a beautiful high mountain located in the middle of the MeKong Delta, 11km from Tay Ninh. Nui Ba Mountain is often called Lady Den Mountain after the devoted daughter of a Vietnamese guard officer. She left her father's house and went to the mountain to become a monk after she was forced to marry a guard officer's son. She later died in Nui Ba. The Nguyen dynasty had a bronze statue made in her honor and gave her the title Linh Son Thanh Mau, or Saint Linh Son.
On the afternoon of the 30th of the last lunar month until the 2nd lunar month, tourists from Ho Chi Minh City and other southern provinces go on a pilgrimage to the Lady Den Mountain.
Pilgrims and visitors have to climb halfway up of the mountain to enter Saint Linh Son Temple. This pagoda offers vegetarian meals in exchange for which visitors can make a donation to the pagoda. Visitors can also stay in the pagoda for a few days. The monks are well known for taking excellent care of their visitors.
Visitors to this Vietnam landmark can also climb up to the top of the mountain, where a Saint Temple is located. During Spring, people from Vietnamís southern provinces visit this temple as a ritual; everyone believes that Lady Den Temple can fulfill the intellectual needs of spiritual people.


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DO SON BUFFALO FIGHTING VIETNAM FESTIVAL:
Although the Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival is officially held on the 9th of the 8th lunar month in Hai Phong,Vietnam, preparations start several months before. Fighting buffaloes must be carefully selected, well fed, and trained. The selection of the official fighting buffaloes starts in May when qualification matches take place in small villages. Only 6 buffaloes will participate in the final fight.
The festival begins with a procession to the communal house where offerings from several little villages are presented to the gods; such gifts include a buffalo, a pig, and a basket of sticky rice. The procession, in which the buffaloes are covered with red cloth, also includes 12 young Vietnamese men, also dressed in red, who take the buffaloes to the fighting circle.
After the young men perform the "Opening the match" dance, a pair of buffaloes are led into the fighting circle. The two buffaloes fight until the defeated gives up and run away. The winner then goes on to fight another buffalo until a final winner is determined.


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QUAN THE AM VIETNAM CULTURAL FESTIVAL:
The Quan The Am Cultural Festival is organized on the 19th day of the second month (lunar calendar) every year with cultural activities which help restore and promote the traditional culture of Viet Nam.
The festival is held on Ngu Hanh mountain, in Danang City, Vietnam. The Quan The Am Festival was first organized in 1962, for the inauguration of the Avalokiesvara Buddhisattava statue in Hoa Nghiem cave at Thuy Son Mount, in the Marble Mountains of Vietnam. The same year, the festival was reorganized in Kim Son cave after the construction of the Quan The Am Pagoda on the Kim Son Mount. Until 1991, this festival was organized annually on a large scale and celebrations lasted for three entire days.
The Quan The Am Festival consists of two parts: the religious ceremony and the festival itself. The ceremony, similar to Buddhist rituals, consists of flower offerings and prayers. The Dharma-preaching sessions about Avalakiesvara Buddhisattava are also very interesting.
Several cultural activities bearing the national colors of Vietnam, such as singing folk songs, chess playing, music, painting, carving, lion dancing, offering lamps on the river, and classical opera also take place. The Quan The Am Festival is organized on the 19th day of the second lunar month; this festival, as well as many others, is held in an attempt to restore and promote the traditional culture of Vietnam.


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CAU NGU CULTURAL FESTIVAL:
This traditional festival of Thai Duong village, Huong Hai commune, in Huong Dien district is organized every year on the 12th of the 1st lunar month in memory of the village tutelary genie Truong Quy Cong, alias Truong Thieu. He was a native from North Vietnam who settled in Thai Duong and taught the locals fishing and trading.
Late in the night, a ceremony to pray for peace and abundant catches of fish takes place. Once every three years, games representing sea fishing activities are organized. After these games, all people watch rowing competitions.
Net-casting is a form of entertainment imbued with ritual character to commemorate the merits of the village tutelary spirit.


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THE HUONG PERFUME PAGODA FESTIVAL VIETNAM:
The Huong Pagoda , also called the Huong Pagada , is lacated in Huong Son , Ha Tay , 70 km away from Hanoi.
Although the Huong Pagoda Festival is officially celebrated on the 15th of the second lunar month .Visitors can reach that area in Vietnam either by road or river.
The Perfume Pagoda Festival consists of enjoyable sightseeing trips to different Vietnamese pagodas, temples, and caves. This festival also features ceremonies held in the different temples and pagodas.
People go to Vietnamís Huong Pagoda not only for the religious services ,but also to observe the beautiful natural scenery of Vietnam.


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