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Festivals in May

Provinces: Bac Ninh, Can Tho, Dong Thap, Hanoi, Ha Giang, Ha Tay, Hai Phong, Hung Yen, Lang Son, Quang Binh, Quang Ninh, Thai Binh, Thanh Hoa, Vinh Phuc

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Traditional festivals in Ha Giang province:

Vietnam traditional festivals in May Khau Vai Love Market Festival
Time: 27th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Khau Vai Commune, Meo Vac District, Ha Giang Province.
Activities: This is the Location for couples in the region to make a date, and it is also the Location for former lovers to meet each other, and look for boy or girls friend.

 

Traditional festivals in Vinh Phuc province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Yen Lap Festival (in the fourth lunar month)
Time: The 21st of the fourth lunar month.
Location: Yen Lap Commune, Vinh Tuong District, Vinh Phuc Province.
Objects of worship: The village's tutelary god.
Activities: Banh giay feast, sword dance, buffalo fighting.

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Traditional festivals in Bac Ninh province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Dove releasing Festival (Thiet Ung Festival)
Time: 27th day of the third lunar month.
Location: Yen Phong District, Bac Ninh Province.
Activities: Contest of each flock of 10 doves (5 couples) in the end of spring. During this time, the weather is nice, rare wind, without kestrels and hawks (they usually fight dove). The areas which are famous for this games: Hoang Mai, Dong Anh (Hanoi), Duong River, Dau (Bac Ninh Province).

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Traditional festivals in Lang Son province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Ta Va Pagoda Festival
Time: 12th day to the 15th day of the fourth lunar month.
Location: Chi Lang Commune, Trang Dinh District, Lang Son Province.
Objects of worship: The Buddha, Agriculture genie, Quan Cong and Luu Bi.
Activities: Praying for good crops, worshipping, human chess playing.

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Traditional festivals in Hai Phong City:
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Dragon Boat Race Festival
Time: April 1 (by solar calendar).
Location: Cat Ba Town, Cat Hai District, Hai Phong City.
Objects of worship: President Ho Chi Minh interested in fishing work.
Activities: Boat race celebrates the day President Ho Chi Minh paid a visit to Cat Ba fishing village in 1959 and that day is also the traditional day of aquiculture.
Opening of the race is tug-of-war item between boat teams on the sea. After that, fishermen from the territorial waters of Central and Southern parts perform coracle shaking. Then the dragon racing starts. The racetrack is 1km long. Signal flags are at two heads of the line. Racing boats will have to race 3 or 4 rounds. The prize will give for the boat comes to the finish first. This is a chance to find excellent rowers and boat commanders. The racing festival is very attractive.

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Traditional festivals in Hung Yen province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Ban Village Yen Nhan Festival
Time: 11th day of the fourth lunar month.
Location: Ban Town, Yen Nhan Village, My Hao District, Hung Yen Province.
Objects of worship: General Doan Thuong (Dong Hai Royal Highest) of Ly Dynasty.
Activities: Procession, boi chess, cock fighting, hau dong, sortilege.
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Tu Phap Pagoda Festival
Time: The 8th day of the fourth lunar month.
Location: Van Lam District, Hung Yen Province.
Objects of worship: Four female deities: Phap Van (Cloud Deity), Phap Vu (Rain Deity), Phap Loi (Thunder Deity) and Phap Dien (Light Deity).
Activities: Festival of exchanging visitors and helpers in some villages, a great procession of villages that worship Ladies but only processions of three Ladies Van, Vu, Loi come to Lady Dien. The villagers believe that if Lady Dien is taken out of the pagoda, the village will fire.

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Traditional festivals in Quang Ninh province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Bach Dang Festival
Time: 9th day of the fourth lunar month.
Location: Festival center is at Tran Hung Dao Temple - Vua Ba Shrine and other temples and communal houses in Yen Hung District, Quang Ninh Province:
- Yen Giang Communal House (Yen Giang Commune)
- Trung Ban Communal House (Lien Hoa Commune)
- Trung Coc Temple (Nam Hoa Commune)
- Dien Cong Communal House (Dien Cong Commune)
Objects of worship: Tran Hung Dao.
Activities: Bach Dang traditional swimming festival.
At Tran Hung Dao Temple and Vua Ba Shrine on the main festival day (the victory day of defeating Yuan - Mongol invaders on Bach Dang River) the 8th of the fourth lunar month there are reappearing the drill of Tran Dynasty's people and troops performance, sacrifices, Tran Hung Dao's statue procession, Bach Dang traditional swimming festival, Bach Dang traditional performance, wrestling, human chess... Bach Dang Festival, in which many governmental leaders attend, is big and sacred.
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Khai Uong Festival
Time: The good day of the fourth lunar month.
Location: Yen Hung District, Quang Ninh Province.
Activities: Tien Cong worshipping ceremony in communal house and shrine, then people go to the field to sow rice.

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Traditional festivals in Ha Tay province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Quat Dong Festival
Time: 12th to the 16th day of the fourth lunar month.
Location: Quat Dong Commune, Thuong Tin District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Le Cong Hanh, the founder of embroidered with laces and also was the first doctoral candidate under the reign of Mac Dang Dung.
Activities: Incense offering ceremony, recalling worship.
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Tri Chi Festival
Time: 4th day of the fourth lunar month.
Location: Tri Trung Commune, Phu Xuyen District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Linh Lang Dai Vuong, who had great merit in resistance war against Tong enemy.
Activities: Sacrifice-offering ceremony, god procession, stick fighting, chess playing.
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Tu Nhien Commune Festival
Time: 1st day of the fourth lunar month.
Location: Tu Nhien Commune, Thuong Tin District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Chu Dong Tu, princesses Tien Dung and Tay Sa, and Dao Thanh (general of Hai Ba Trung).
Activities: Water procession, boi chess.

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Traditional festivals in Thai Binh province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Quang Lang Festival
Time: The 14th day of the fourth lunar month and the 14th day of the sixth lunar month. The main festival day is on the 14th day of the fourth lunar month.
Location: Quang Lang Village, Thuy Hai Commune, Thai Thuy District, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: Ong Dung, Ba Da, Ba Chua Muoi (Queen of Salt or Nguyet Anh) - the third imperial concubine of King Tran Anh Tong.
Activities: Ba Chua Muoi's death anniversary on the 14th day of the sixth lunar month includes incense offering ceremony, Ong Dung, Ba Da's effigies dancing, water puppetry, singing, vieing for effigies then put in salt field and fish boat. The procession of Ong Dung, Ba Da on the 14th day of the fourth lunar month.

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Traditional festivals in Thanh Hoa province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Ban Fair
Time: 15th day of the fourth lunar month. It is held once every 3 years.
Location: Dinh Tuong and Dinh Tang communes, Yen Dinh District, Thanh Hoa Province.
Objects of worship: Mr. and Mrs. La Sat.
Activities: Spring festival, selling and buying oxes, cows, buffaloes, farming implement and agricultural productions to pray for good luck.

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Traditional festivals in Hanoi City:
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Chem Temple Festival
Time: 14th to the 16th day of the fourth lunar month.
Location: Thuy Phuong Commune, Tu Liem District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Ly Ong Trong and his wife - Princess Bach Tinh.
Activities: Water procession on river, releasing pigeons.
Chem Temple is situated 12km from the center of Hanoi. Chem Temple Festival is a big festival in the area of former Hanoi only after Co Loa and Dong festivals. It involves: water procession consists of 3 dragon boats on the Hong River, votive paper procession, moc duc ceremony (god's statue washing), royal order procession, worshipping Buddha and traditional folk games: tug-of-war, kite flying, pigeons releasing, trai racing between villages in the region.
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Chi Nam Festival (Phu Dong Festival)
Time: 8th day of the fourth lunar month.
Location: Le Chi Commune, Gia Lam District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Saint Dong, Mr. Hien Cong, who had merit of fighting Yin invaders.
Activities: Sacrifice-offering ceremony, battle performance, stick fighting, stick vieing, and coconut vieing.
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Dong Co Temple Festival
Time: 4th day of the fourth lunar month.
Location: Tay Ho District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Bronze Drum Genie.
Activities: The festival is held in commemorating King Ly Thai Tong when he made the procession of Bronze Drum Genie in Dan Ne (Thanh Hoa) to Thang Long (Hà Noi now), set up a temple to worship the genie.
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Thuong Phuc Village Festival
Time: the 16th day of the second lunar month, the 14th day of the fourth lunar month and the 27th day of the fourth lunar month.
Location: Thuong Phuc Village, Ta Thanh Oai Commune, Thanh Tri District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Prince Ly Tham, Zen Buddhist Ho Ba Lam.
Activities: Contest of rowing boat on river (sometimes uses wood boat, sometimes uses coracle). Rice cooking contest (A couple cook rice while going and dancing); trong quan singing on boat in the evening.
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Vo Village Festival
Time: 9th day of the fourth lunar month.
Location: Hoi Xo Hamlet, Phu Dong Commune, Gia Lam District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Duc Hoa Bao Chinh and two his younger sisters.
Activities: Tiger dance.

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Traditional festivals in Quang Binh province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Bao Ninh Village Festival
Time: From the 14th day to the 16th day of the fourth lunar month.
Location: Bao Ninh Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh Province.
Objects of worship: Nhan than (father and son of fisherman) and Ca Ong (whale).
Activities: Procession of Ong's bone, "Ho khoan, cheo can" performance, bong (flower) dance. Sea festival involves the ceremony of floating paper boats, paper fish to the sea and praying, the boat race of six villages.
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Cau Ngu Festival
Time: 14th day of the fourth lunar month.
Location: Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh Province.
Objects of worship: Ca Ong (whale).
Activities: Procession of Ong's bone from village to communal house.

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Traditional festivals in Dong Thap province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Dinh Yen Communal House Festival
Time: 16th day of the fourth lunar month.
Location: Lap Vo District, Dong Thap Province.
Objects of worship: Mr. Pham Van An, the first person reclaimed wasteland and set up the village.
Activities: The solemn communal house festival with worshipping ceremonies by mounted team, lan binh team, pupil team... to commemorate Mr. Pham Van An.

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Traditional festivals in Can Tho province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Binh Thuy Communal House Festival (Thuong dien)
Time: 12th to the 14th day of the fourth lunar month.
Location: Binh Thuy Ward, Binh Thuy District, Can Tho City.
Objects of worship: Thanh Hoang Bon Canh (God of Land).
Activities: Thuong dien ceremony (worship God of Land after harvesting rice), praying for peace, sacrifice ceremony, procession of god on dragon and phoenix-decorated palanquin, welcoming royal ordinance on three splendidly-decorated boats, boi singing in three nights.

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Traditional festivals in Ha Giang province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in May Praying for rain Festival
Time: 18th day of the fourth lunar month.
Location: Long An Province.
Activities: Traditional sacrifice-offering ceremony, the praying-for-rain ceremony is also presented by ghe races on the rivers and canals. Ghe is made by long and tapering bamboo, contains 20 rowers.

Source: Vietnam Nation Administration of Tourism

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