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Festivals in April

Provinces: Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Khanh Hoa, Lai Chau, Ha Nam, Hanoi, Ha Tay, Quang Binh, Quang Nam, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Soc Trang, Thai Binh, Tien Giang

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Vietnam traditional festivals in April Tet Han Thuc (Cold goods Tet)
Time: 3rd day of the third lunar month.
Location: Almost the regions of the Viet.
Activities: Offering glutinous rice flour cakes stuffed with plum of brown sugar (banh troi), glutinous rice flour cakes stuffed with green bean paste (banh chay) to worship ancestors, an occasion for people to visit and tidy the burial graves of relatives, having fun in spring.

Vietnam traditional festivals in April Chol Chnam Thmay Festival
Time: From the 1st to the 3rd day of Chet month (according to Buddhist calendar, equivalent to the 12th to 15th day of April by solar calendar).
Objects of worship: Welcoming the God of the New Year, Buddha and ancestors.
Activities: The traditional Tet (New Year) of the Khmer community, seeing the old year off and welcoming the New Year.
Participator: The Khmer people in the southern provinces.
Khmer people’s new year festival lasts three days and four days in leap years. Each of these days has its own name. Apart from worshipping the Buddha, Khmer people believe that every year the heaven sends a god called Tevoda to the earth to look after human beings and their life. At the end of the year, the god returns to heaven and another one will replace him. Therefore, in the new year’s eve, every family prepares a party, burns incense and lights up lamps in a ceremony to see off the old Tedova and greet the new one. They also pray to this god for good luck.
Khmer people always prepare for the new year ceremony very carefully. They clean and redecorate their house and buy necessary food for the holidays. They stop all farm work, relax and set free their cattle. The three official festival days are held in a joyful and exciting way.
The first day is for the ceremony to receive the great calendar. Moha Sang-Kran is considered a calendar which gives a detailed account of dates and festivals in a year and a forecast of rainfall so the villagers can foresee if they get a good or bad crop that year. On this day, at a selected hour no matter it is in the morning or afternoon, people take a bath and put on their best clothes in anticipation of the new year. They take incense, lamps, flowers and fruits to a pagoda where they do the great calendar-receiving ceremony. At the pagoda, Moha Sang-Kran, put on a red-lacquered, gilded tray, is placed on a palanquin and carried three times round the main sanctuary. This rite is to welcome the new year and wait for omens for a bad or good new year. Then the official ceremony is carried out inside the sanctuary. After that, every participant prays to the Buddha and chant prayers for a happy new year. Young males and females walk out to the pagoda yard and join in fun activities until late at night.
The second day is for the ceremony to offer boiled rice and heap up a sandy mountain. On this day, every Khmer family cooks rice and offers it to Buddhist monks at the pagoda in early morning and at noon. The monks chant prayers to thank those who make the food and bring it to their pagoda and say good luck to them.
On the afternoon the same day, people start to heap up a sandy mountain in search of happiness and luck. They make small mountains looking to eight directions and one in the middle which represent the universe. This custom originates from an age-old legend. It displays people’s aspirations for rain.
The third day is for the ceremony to wash the Buddha’s statue and Buddhist monks. After giving boiled rice to the monks in the morning, they continue to listen to Buddhist teachings. In the afternoon, they burn incense, offer sacrifices and use scented water to wash the statue in order to pay tribute and gratitude to the Buddha. This is also to get rid of the old year’s misfortunes and wish all the best for the new year. The monks do a ceremony to pray for peace in the dead’s souls. After that, the people return to their house and wash the Buddha’s statue at home. They offer dishes, confectionery and fruits to ask for happiness for their parents and grandparents and being forgiven for their mistakes made in the old year.
During these three days, Khmer people go to visit each other and wish good health, good luck and prosperity to each other. They also join in fun activities.
Chol Chnam Thmay festival shows Khmer people’s aspirations, like many others ethnic groups, to forget about the old year’s misfortunes and look for a better new year.

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Traditional festivals in Lai Chau province:

Vietnam traditional festivals in April Catching Fish Festival of the Khang
Time: The 5th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Than Uyen District, Lai Chau Province.
Activities: Catching fish by hands in collective, offering fish, fish dishes, giao duyen singing and dancing.

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Traditional festivals in Bac Giang province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Bo Pagoda Festival
Time: the 28th day of the second lunar month.
Location: Thuong Lan Commune, Viet Yen District, Bac Giang Province.
Objects of worship: The ancestral bonze, who had merit of building the pagoda.
Activities: Commemorating the anniversary of the ancestral bonze's death.

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Traditional festivals in Bac Ninh province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Dau Festival
Time: 18thday of the third lunar month.
Location: Mo Dao Commune, Que Vo District, Bac Ninh Province.
Objects of worship: Mr. Binh, a general of the 18th Hung King.
Activities: Big procession, kite flying contest.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Do Temple Festival
Time: From the 14th to the 16th day of the third lunar month. The main festival day is on the 15th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Dinh Bang Village, Dinh Bang Commune, Tu Son District, Bac Ninh Province.
Objects of worship: Eight kings of the Ly Dynasty.
Activities: The procession of palanquin from Dan Pagoda (Co Phap) to the temple, barbecued buffalo used as sacrifices - offering.
The festival takes Location from the 14th to the 16th days of the third lunar month. Legend has it that the 15th day of the third lunar month was the coronation of King Ly Cong Uan. Later generations chose the day as a common festival to pay homage to kings of the Ly Dynasty.
According to customs in Dinh Bang Village, a chief officiant appointed to administer the festival. The person then presents himself to the genie in a set of solemn rituals and votive offerings including a drum, a platter of betel, and a small bottle of wine.
Residential groups, mass organizations and local authorities administer the festival. Pieces of work are assigned according to ages and kinds of person. On festival days, they have to fulfill their assigned tasks.
On the 14th, preparatory work finishes. Those appointed for such posts as the King's bodyguards (the tuong), flag holders or palanquin carriers have prepared their costumes and equipment. Others have to clean the road, pagoda and temple.
The palanquin procession takes Location on the afternoon of the 14th day, starting from Do Temple to Dan Pagoda, where prayers will be read. This ritual aims to take kings Ly to the Location where the founder of the dynasty was born and grew up and pay gratitude to those who brought him up and gods and Buddhist spirits at the pagoda. After that, the king’s mother is taken to the temple for the coronation.
On the early morning of the 15th day, the procession returns from Dan Pagoda. By then, it is accompanied by another palanquin and altar representing the king’s mother. On the way, the procession drops at Dinh Bang Communal House. The festival manager enters the house to do presentation rituals in front of the village’s tutelary god. After that the procession continues on its way back to the temple.
When the procession arrives at the temple yard, dragon-dancing starts, followed by senh tien castanets dancing. Next, three men in the role of the king’s bodyguards, enter the dragon yard. The two palanquins are located alongside the yard: the one carrying the king’s mother on the right and the other carrying the king on the left. The chief officiant steps into the main sanctuary and reads King Ly Thai To’s edict on the movement of the capital to Thang Long. After that, he puts the document on the main altar. Then he starts the incense offering and festival inauguration rituals. Others follow him to do the incense offering.
On each of the 15th and 16th, there is a ceremony solemnly held with votive offerings.
There are a lot of fun games during the festival: cock fighting, chess playing, and cheo and tuong performances. Fun activities take Location in the temple yard, pond, and other Locations in the region, attracting a lot of visitors from elsewhere.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Quang Lam Village Festival
Time: 5th to the 12th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Han Quang Commune, Que Vo District, Bac Ninh Province.
Objects of worship: The village's tutelary god.
Activities: The village's tutelary god worshipping ceremony in the morning, and in the afternoon small group of female singers sing worshipping genie songs at the communal house, boys and girls sing giao duyen songs.

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Traditional festivals in Ninh Binh province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Truong Yen Festival
Time: From the 9th to the 11th day of the third lunar month, the main festival day is on the 10th day of the third lunar month.
Objects of worship: King Dinh Tien Hoang and King Le Dai Hanh.
Location: Truong Yen Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province.
Activities: The procession of water, Chinese character forming.
The two most solemn rituals of the festival are the water procession and sacrifices - offering ceremony.
The sacrifices - offering ceremonies take Location at midnight in Dinh and Le temples at the same time. The funeral oration is divided into nine parts praising the contributions of the two kings. It is expressed in a lively tru (a traditional type of singing) melody. As soon as it finishes, the boat carrying water arrives. Pilgrims take turns in presenting incense sticks to pay tribute to the kings and visit ancient sculptural and architectural items.
Visitors can participate in many folk games, cultural, tourist and sports activities such as wrestling, boat racing, swings, chau van (a traditional type of music) singing, poem critique, poem writing, Chinese character forming, stick dancing, dragon dancing, unicorn dancing, or human chess.
The most special about the Truong Yen Festival is a game called " maneuver game with reed flag", which replays the childhood of Dinh Bo Linh as a buffalo boy in Truong Yen.
Coming to the festival is an opportunity for visitors to visit the ancient capital of the Dinh and Le courts, which mark the glorious period of unifying and establishing the country after suffering more than a thousand years under Northern Domination.

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Traditional festivals in Hai Phong City:
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Ha Doi Festival (Coupling Festival)
Time: 15th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Ha Doi Village (Tien Thanh Commune) and Cam Khe Village (Toan Thang Commune), Tien Lang District, Hai Phong City.
Activities: Making sacrifice to the village's tutelary god, "going to the field" ceremony.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Nhu Thuong Communal House Festival
Time: 6th to 8th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Quoc Tuan Commune, An Duong District, Hai Phong City.
Objects of worship: Mai Thi Cau, Mai Ky Son, two siblings (children of King Mai Hac De).
Activities: Wrestling, duck catching contest.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Thuong Doan Temple Festival
Time: the 1st to the 15th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Hai Phong City.
Objects of worship: Princess Lieu Hanh, Buddha.
Activities: Ca Tru singing and water puppetry show.

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Traditional festivals in Ha Tay province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Ba Giang Kite Flying Festival
Time: 15th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Hong Ha Commune, Dan Phuong District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Sir Nguyen Ca, deputy general of King Dinh Tien Hoang.
Activities: Kite flying contest, banh day procession, rice cooking contest.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Binh Da Festival
Time: 2nd to the 6th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Binh Minh Commune, Thanh Oai District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Lac Long Quan, Au Co, Linh Lang.
Activities: Returning procession, a procession of "bánh vía" and floating it to Long cung (Water Palace), fire-works contest, cock fighting, chess playing.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Gia Festival
Time: 10th to the 26th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Gia Village, Yen So Commune, Hoai Duc District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Ly Phuc Man, the general of Ly Nam De Dynasty.
Activities: Making sacrifice to the saint, performed the going-to-the-war ceremony of general Ly Phuc Man. It involves the game of wrestling, Chinese chess, swinging.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Hat Mon Temple Festival
Time: From the 4th to the 7th day of the third lunar month, the 4th day of the ninth lunar month, the 24th day of the twelfth lunar month. The main festival day is on the 6th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Hat Mon Hamlet, Hat Mon Commune, Phuc Tho District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Hai Ba Trung.
Activities: Three festivals in a year, custom of offering banh troi ceremony, floating troi cakes on the river at the night of the 5th day of the third lunar month.
Hat Mon Commune, where Day River is running through and was Location Hai Ba Trung drowned herself at the section. Hat Mon Temple Festival opens on the Vua Ba's death anniversary.
- At night of the 5th day of the third lunar month, the temple is open for people make incense burning, and sacrifices- offering ceremony. The festival involves the custom of offering 100 pieces of troi cake in egg-shaped (also called banh tu ti), then put 49 pieces of troi cake inside 49 lotus and float them on the section of Day River at the midnight of the 5th day. On the 6th day of the third lunar month, at the temple, the ceremony of offering banh troi to Hai Ba Trung takes Location, after that the villagers can eat banh troi.
- On the 4th day of the ninth lunar month (the day of setting up an altar to take the oaths, transmitting the proclamation of national salvation, offering and submitting to heaven and earth, "settle obligation toward the country and avenge home"). It involves sacrifices - offering ceremony, military spirit games and drill game.
- On the 24th day of the twelfth lunar month (the triumphal victory festival). It involves moc duc ceremony (washing the statue of Hai Ba Trung by taking water from the middle of Day River). Black painted palanquins procession consists of two chief officiants, 2 incense-tables, 2 people read chuc van (royal oration), 2 teams of female soldiers in ordnance...
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Khe Hoi Village Festival
Time: 14th to the 17th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Ha Hoi Commune, Thuong Tin District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Tutelary god Cao Son.
Activities: Game of water battle on semicircle pond in the front of the communal house which imitates the tale of water battles on Bach Dang River of Tran Hung Dao fighting Yuan-Mongol invaders and Ngo Quyen fighting Nam Han aggressors, duck catching contest.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Lien Bat Village Festival
Time: 15th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Lien Bat Commune, Ung Hoa District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: The first saint (Dang Si), the second saint (Dang Xa), the third saint (Dang Lang).
Activities: Palanquin procession, procession to give prominence to spirit of fondness for learning and the treasure cultural knowledge.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Mother of Linh Lang Temple Festival
Time:14th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Bong Lai Village, Hong Ha Commune, Dan Phuong District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Lady Cao Nuong, Linh Lang's Mother is the Holy Mother, the village's tutelary god, was conferred "Thuong dang than" (first class deity).
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Thay Pagoda Festival
Time: From the 5th to the 7th day of the third lunar month, main festival day on the 7th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Thay Pagoda (Thien Phuc tu), Sai Son Commune, Quoc Oai District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Buddhist monk Tu Dao Hanh - founding father of the water puppetry in Vietnam.
Activities: The procession of the worshipping tablet, water puppetry and so on.
Tu Dao Hanh was a Buddhist monk in the Ly Dynasty. He had outstanding merits regarding the popularization of the religion, the treatment of diseases for people and the creation of many games original to Vietnam, including water puppetry. The Thay Pagoda Festival is held on the seventh day of the third lunar month in remembrance of his merits.
Several days prior to the festival, Buddhist followers and pilgrims far and near flock to the pagoda, further adding to the boisterous atmosphere of the festival. The Pagoda is cleaned and incenses, candles lit, bringing about a charming scene.
The statue bathing ritual takes Location before the opening of the festival. Buddhist monks and the people participate in the ritual. Pieces of red cloth are used to clean the statues. Those standing around solemnly hold their hands in front of their chests, whispering Buddhist sutras. When the ritual ends, the used water, the holy water the Buddha bestows, will be scattered all over the pagoda in a wish for bumper crops and prosperous life. The cloths are also torn into smaller pieces to divide among the people as they are thought to have the power of warding off the evils. The rite of cleaning objects of worship comes after this statue bathing ritual.
The procession of Tu Dao Hanh’s worshipping tablet takes Location on the 7th day of the third lunar month, with the participation of four villages Thuy Khue, Da Phuc, Sai Khe and Khanh Tan. Covering under a yellow cloth, the color of the outfits worn by those having supernatural powers, the tablet is carried by four representatives from the four villages mentioned above. Each village carries its own tutelary god’s tablet. Noteworthy is that in the procession the tablet and white horse of Da Phuc must go ahead those of the Thuy Khue. Normally the procession comes to the pagoda at twilight.
At the pagoda the ritual of presenting offerings to Buddha is held in a solemn manner to the accompaniment of musical instruments. The offerings in various kinds and different colors are out into the altar, looking impressive in the smoke of incenses and candles. Wearing fine outfits, holding sticks to which are decorated with flowers, Buddhist monks chant Buddhist sutras while dancing to display the journey of mankind in striving for noble things.
Among fascinating games in Thay Pagoda Festival, water puppetry stands out. It is performed at the Thuy Dinh House in Long Tri pond in front of the pagoda. Tu Dao Hanh is said to be the founder of this artistic performance.
Going to Thay Pagoda Festival pilgrims have an opportunity to revere the relics imbued with the imprints of outstanding monks and men of the past.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Van Vi Village Festival
Time: 9th to 10th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Van Vi Village, Trung Chau Commune, Dan Phuong District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Ha Ba God (sea-god), Lac Long Quan, Linh Thong, Linh Ung, Vo Due.
Activities: Dragon boat racing, skiff rowing race, cheo and ca tru singing, lion dance.

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Traditional festivals in Ha Nam province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Doi Pagoda Festival
Time: 21th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Doi Pagoda, Doi Son Commune, Duy Tien District, Ha Nam Province.
Objects of worship: Buddha.
Activities: Worshipping Buddha, puppetry, wrestling, chess playing.

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Traditional festivals in Thai Binh province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Bo Pagoda Festival
Time: 7th to the 15th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Thai Binh City, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: The two Lady kings (Nhi vi Vua Ba), Princess Bat Nan (general of Hai Ba Trung), General Tran Lam.
Activities: Worshipping Buddha, incense offering.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Hai Thon Shrine Festival
Time: 9th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Xuan Hoa Commune, Vu Thu District, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: Madam Do Thi Khuong (wife of King Ly Bi), who taught people transplant rice seedlings.
Activities: Procession, worshipping, incense offering, giao duyen singing.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Hau Trung, Hau Thuong Festival
Time: 25th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Bach Dang Commune, Dong Hung District, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: Ly Bi and his Queen.
Activities: God procession and making sacrifice to the god, martial art game: wrestling.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April La Van Festival
Time: 20th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Quynh Hong Commune, Quynh Phu District, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: The Queen of azolla, National Master Nguyen Minh Khong and the village's tutelary god.
Activities: Water procession, tutelary god procession, saint procession, performing the traditional work of growing azolla, wrestling, unicorn dancing, Chinese chess.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Long Khe Village Festival
Time: 21th day of the third lunar month.
Location: An Khe Commune, Quynh Phu District, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: Quoc su (national master) Duong Khong Lo, Thai Uy (high-ranking mandarin) Ly Thuong Kiet.
Activities: Water procession, statue procession, bat dat dance performed by the team of 32 young girls, tu linh dance, Chinese character forming, Chinese chess, kite flying, duck catching, trong quan singing on the lake.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Phung Cong Village Festival
Time: The 15th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Quynh Hoi Commune, Quynh Phu District, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: Bui Da and Hoang Soi - two leaders of peasant insurgent troop in the 18th century.
Activities: Making sacrifices to the tutelary god, game of Chinese character forming in re - performs the drill of insurgent troop. It involves the game of wrestling, martial art, lion dance.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Sao Den Festival
Time: 24th to the 26th day of the third lunar month.
Location: An Lao Village, Song An Commune, Vu Thu District, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: Du vuong Ngo Tu and Lady Dinh thi Ngoc Ke, Lady Ngo Thi Ngoc Dao (mother of King Le Thanh Tong).
Activities: Contests of duck catching, chach (eels) catching, rice cooking, wrestling, flute-kite flying in many sizes, cheo performance, and lanterns procession.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Tien La Temple Festival
Time: 16th to the 18th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Doan Hung Commune, Hung Ha District, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: Bat Nan Vu Thi Thuc, lady general of Hai Ba Trung.
Activities: Saint procession, procession and worshipping (female), battle performance, skiff rowing race, sticks fighting, chess playing.

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Traditional festivals in Hanoi City:
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Bac Bien Village Festival
Time: 6th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Ngoc Thuy Commune, Gia Lam District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Ly Thuong Kiet, Hai Ba Trung, Dao Ky.
Activities: Palanquin procession of the relationship between neighboring villages, carp releasing.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Dai Yen Village Festival
Time: 14th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Dai Yen Village, Ngoc Ha Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Princess Ngoc Hoa.
Activities: Human chess, cock fighting, nightingale fighting, dang hoa (flower offering) dancing, old tuong performance.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Due Tu Pagoda Festival
Time: 7th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Dich Vong Ward, Cau Giay District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Shaman Dai Dien.
Activities: Row song singing (imitating rowing rhythm) and the song telling story of Madam Thanh De.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Hoa Lang Pagoda Festival
Time: 7th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Cau Giay District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Tu Vinh and Tang Thi Loan (Parents of Tu Dao Hanh).
Activities: Deities fighting ceremony.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Ke Sui Festival
Time: 3rd day of the third lunar month.
Location: Phu Thi Commune, Gia Lam District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Queen mother Y Lan (in the temple), Tay Vi Royal Highest (in the communal house).
Activities: Bong Song custom (in order to clear Y Lan's eunuch Nguyen Bong of a false charge): dance while drinking alcohol and shouting "Bong Sòng".
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Kim Giang Village Festival
Time: the 8th to the 12th day of the second lunar month and the 1st day of the third lunar month.
Location: Kim Giang Village, Dai Kim Ward, Hoang Mai District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Saint Cao Son, Mao Giap Hoa, Holy Mother Le Ngai My Chau.
Activities: Cock fighting, duck catching.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Le Mat Village Festival
Time: The 23rd day of the third lunar month.
Location: Le Mat Village, Viet Hung Ward, Long Bien District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: The village's tutelary god of Hoang Family.
Activities: Snake dance.
Le Mat Village opens the festival to commemorate Hoang Duc Trung who had merit of taking poor people from Le Mat Village to the capital city to reclaim the wasteland to set up 13 barracks in the west of Thang Long Citadel (Ba Dinh District now). The festival involves water procession from the village well, carp catching, carps offering to god, feast (offerings) procession of 13 barracks in Ba Dinh District to the village then offer to god. Snake dance, processions of Ga ong (heavy cock), Lon ong (fat pig), contest of speciality cooking includes "Tam xa dai hoi" (3 kinds of snake: copperhead, krait, coluber), "Ngu ho chau lam" (5 frogs feast) and "Ly ngu vong nguyet" (big carps feast, feast of making of raw fish and vegetables).
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Le Xa Village Festival
Time: 15th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Le Xa Hamlet, Mai Lam Commune, Dong Anh District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Dao Ky and Phuong Dung (generals of Hai Ba Trung).
Activities: Procession, sacrifices, plaiting cord contest, ca trù singing, quan ho singing, duck catching, and cock fighting.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Nhot Pagoda Festival
Time: 15th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Dong Phu Hamlet, Dong My Commune, Thanh Tri District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Princess Tu Thuc, Princess Tu Hoa.
Activities: Procession of 10 villages.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Phu Dien Communal House Festival
Time: 7th to the 9th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Phu Dien Commune, Tu Liem District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Le Dai Hanh, Tran Thong.
Activities: Rod fighting, rope climbing contest, water puppetry on the river, dragon dancing, wrestling, ca tru singing, senh tien dancing, blind-man's-buff, skiff rowing race.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Tam Huyen Pagoda Festival
Time: 6th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Ha Dinh Ward, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Tu Vinh (father of Zen Buddhist Tu Dao Hanh).
Activities: Rod fighting (two people), steamed glutinous rice cooking contest, hand wrestling, cock fighting.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Tay Ho Temple Festival
Time: From the 3rd to the 7th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Quang An Ward, Tay Ho District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Princess Lieu Hanh - the Holy Mother.
Activities: A procession, incense offering and van singing.
Tay Ho Temple was built in the 16th century. This temple is used to worship Mother Lieu Hanh and do religious activities about her. She is a woman of exquisite talent for playing music, singing and writting poem. She was so kind that was raised as Thanh Mau (Saint Mother). Every year the festival opens on the 3rd day of the third lunar month which is her death anniversary. The festival involves a Mothers' palanquin procession from Tay Ho Temple, Yen Phu, Co Ngu Streets, along to Quan Thanh Street then to Hang Dau Street, stop at Nghia Lap Temple (32 Hang Dau Street) to take votive paper then returns to Tay Ho Temple.
On the 6th day and the 7th day of the third lunar month, there writting pose contest, chau van singing, musical intrument playing and singing at Pho Linh Pagoda (Tay Ho Hamlet), which is attracted many people.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Thanh Am Village Festival
Time: 9th to the 11th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Thanh Am Village, Thuong Thanh Commune, Gia Lam District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: The first doctoral candidate Nguyen Binh Khiem, Dao Ky and Princess Phuong Dung.
Activities: Quan ho singing on Duong River.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Thuong Cat Swimming Festival
Time: 10th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Thuong Cat Commune, Tu Liem District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Three brothers Quach Lang, Dinh Bach Nuong, Danh Tinh Nuong, generals of Hai Ba Trung who had great merits of defeating invaders.
Activities: Boat racing contest, cock fighting, duck catching, wrestling, rice cooking contest, running contest.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April To Village Festival
Time: 8th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Huu Thanh Oai Village, Thanh Tri District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: King Le Dai Hanh honored as the village's tutelary god.
Activities: The offerings to village's tutelary god must be rice ball and sesame and salt (roasted and crushed). Contests of hat trong quan, ca tru singing, skiff rowing race.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Yen My Village Festival
Time: 17th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Yen My Commune, Thanh Tri District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: The village's tutelary god Cao Son Royal Highest.
Activities: Traditional games: bird fighting, duck catching, seesaw playing, pots smashing contest, rice cooking contest.

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Traditional festivals in Quang Nam province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Agriculture Genie procession Festival
Time: The 1st day of the third lunar month.
Location: Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province.
Objects of worship: Agriculture Genie.
Activities: The festival is mainly for grazing buffalo children, a procession and praying the Agriculture Genie for good weather and a bumper crop.

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Traditional festivals in Quang Binh province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Ho khoan (Alternate singing between rowers) Festival
Time: the 29th day of the second lunar month.
Location: Le Thuy District, Quang Binh Province.
Activities: Ho khoan song with 9 tunes (mai), each tune is symbolize a kind of work. At the night of the festival, alternate singing between boys and girls are taking Location.

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Traditional festivals in Khanh Hoa province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Thap Ba - Po Nagar Festival
Time: 20th to the 23rd day of the third lunar month.
Location: Vinh Phuoc Ward, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province.
Objects of worship: The Goddess of the Region (the Cham).
Activities: Rites: washing statue and clothes changing, offering dance to Goddess, ghe racing, boi singing at night.
The Po Nagar Festival is biggest religious festival in the region, is held at Po Nagar Tower which located on the hill near the mouth of Cai River, north of Nha Trang City. The festival is organize to commemorate the Mother of the Region who according to Cham legends, created the homeland, maintained race, discoved rice tree, taught people how to cultivate. The Goddess of the Cham had become the Goddess of the Vietnamese inhabitants .The festival involves the singing and dancing to welcome people, stage performance and many fun games take Location joyfully in the front of the main temple.

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Traditional festivals in Tien Giang province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Nghinh Ong Festival
Time: 9th to the 10th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Ong Nam Hai Tomb (Tomb of Whale), Vam Lang Commune, Go Cong Dong District, Tien Giang Province.
Objects of worship: Ca Ong (Whale).
Activities: Welcoming ong by decorated boat with lighting and flower, putting a feast tray on it, then taking the procession from Vam Lang trench to Xoai Rap River. The procession has musical playing, singing.

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Traditional festivals in Soc Trang province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Thac Con long for peace Festival
Time: The middle of the third lunar month.
Location: My Tu District, Soc Trang Province.
Activities: Cau an (long for peace) ceremony of the Khmer and entertainment.

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Traditional festivals in Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City:
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Ba Thien Hau Pagoda Festival ( Ho Chi Minh City)
Time: The 23rd day of the third lunar month.
Location: 710 Nguyen Trai Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City.
Objects of worship: Lady Thien Hau.
Activities: The via Ba (her birthday anniversary) ceremony is hold at Thien Hau Pagoda, which is one of the oldest pagodas of the Chinese in Cho Lon. Many Chinese people come to the festival, they make two effigies of Ong Thien (Good God) and Ong Ac (Evil God) with 3m long. At the end of the festival, the effigies are burned for worshipping.
Vietnam traditional festivals in April Phan Cong Hon Temple Festival
Time: The 25th day of the second lunar month.
Location: Ba Diem Commune, Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City.
Objects of worship: Phan Cong Hon who led the people of 18 hamlets of Betel Garden in an attack on the residence of District Chief in 1885.
Activities: The death anniversary is held resembling the genie worshipping ceremony.
Every year, on the 25th day of the second lunar month, his kinship and the villagers of Ba Diem Commune organize the anniversary of his death at the temple as the genie worshipping ceremony. There are many people attend the festival to commemorate the hero who sacrificed his life to help the villagers escape from repression and arresting, bring honor to the tradition of 18 hamlets of Betel Garden.

Source: Vietnam Nation Administration of Tourism

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