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Festivals in November

Provinces: An Giang, Dong Nai Ha Tay, Phu Tho, Quang Binh, Soc Trang, Thanh Hoa

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Traditional festivals in Phu Tho province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in November Ha Thach Festival
Time: 10th day of the tenth lunar month.
Location: Ha Thach Commune, Phu Tho Town, Phu Tho Province.
Objects of worship: Hung Kings, Saint Tan Vien, Chu Dong Tu, Hai Ba Trung, and Water genie.
Activities: Three Thuong, Ha, Trung Hamlets carry palanquin procession to Ca Communal House then make grand sacrifices-offering ceremony, rong ran dance (one by one follows the leader), ha dien ceremony (worship the Agriculture genie before cultivating), trai racing.

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Traditional festivals in Ha Tay province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in November Lai Tao Village Festival
Time: The 12th day of the tenth lunar month.
Location: Bot Xuyen Commune, My Duc District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Village's tutelary gods - 3 brothers of Cao family, generals of Hai Ba Trung.
Activities: The feast which worship to tutelary god includes uncooked pork and glutinous rice.
Vietnam traditional festivals in November Nhi Khe Village Festival
Time: The 25th day of the tenth lunar month.
Location: Nhi Khe Commune, Thuong Tin District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Mr. Doan Van Tai, the ancestor of wood carving in the 16th century.
Activities: Worshipping the ancestor, sacrifice-offering ceremony, offering to the ancestor, chess playing, and cheo singing.

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Traditional festivals in Thanh Hoa province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in November Moc Cuu and Thuc Thoc Villages Festival
Time: The 9th day of the tenth lunar month.
Location: Moc Cuu and Thuc Thoc Villages, Tho Xuan District, Thanh Hoa Province.
Objects of worship: Village's tutelary god - Rain genie.
Activities: Offerings are chay and giay cakes, fruits. Days after, offerings are steamed glutinous rice, pig, rice wine that are processed to Ngoc Son region for worshipping then the procession returns to sacrifice at temples of Moc Cuu and Thuc Thoc Villages.

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Traditional festivals in Quang Binh province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in November The worshipping ceremony of the beginning crop of cultivating rice seedlings in Le Son Village
Time: 1st day of the eleventh lunar month.
Location: Le Son Village, Tuyen Hoa District, Quang Binh Province.
Objects of worship: Village's tutelary god.
Activities: Worshipping to tutelary god (10 trays of steamed glutinous rice, 10 cocks), after that a couple which is good at work and has son and daughter is chosen to cultivate rice seedlings in the field which is in front of the communal house.

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Traditional festivals in Dong Nai province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in November Ky Yen Festival at Nguyen Tri Phuong Temple
Time: From the 16th to the 17th day of the tenth lunar month.
Location: Nguyen Tri Phuong Temple, Buu Hoa Ward, Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province.
Activities: Tien hien, Hau hien worshipping, procession of god, offering to worship god, tong on ceremony, boi singing, dancing.

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Traditional festivals in An Giang province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in November Nguyen Trung Truc Temple Festival
Time: From the 18th to the 19th day of the tenth lunar month.
Location: Nguyen Trung Truc Temple, Long Kien Commune, Cho Moi District, An Giang Province.
Objects of worship: Nguyen Trung Truc, the leader of an insurrection who rose up against the French in the South.
Activities: Incense-offering ceremony, recalling sacrifices-offering ceremony, re-performance of the battle of destroying a French warships on the Nhat Tao River in the 19th century. The festival involves boat rowing, Chinese chess and other fun games.

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Traditional festivals in Soc Trang province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in November Ooc-om-bok Festival
Time: In the evening of the 14th day and the 15th day of the tenth lunar month.
Location: In the yards of the pagodas or of the residents' houses, ngo boat race in the Maspero River (Soc Trang Town).
Objects of worship: Moon deity.
Activities: Moon worshipping ceremony, floating lights on the water, ngo boat race.
Participators: The Khmer people in the South, the Hoa and the Viet people
Ooc-Om-Bok Festival is a religious service that worships the moon deity of the Khmer minority group and prays for good luck, happiness, good weather and bumper crops. The festival is usually held when the dry season begins and rice are ripening on the fields.
The Moon-worshipping ceremony takes Location on the evening of 14th of tenth lunar month before the moon goes to the top. The ceremony is held in the yards of the pagoda or of residents’ houses. People erect bamboo poles with a crossbar on which they decorate with flowers and leaves. Below is a table of offerings that include green rice flakes, potatoes, bananas, coconuts, grapefruits, oranges and cakes. People sit on the ground with crossed legs, clasping their hands before the altar and look up the Moon. An old master of ceremonies says his prayers, asks the moon deity to receive the offerings and bless people with the best.
After the ceremony, the elders ask the children of the house sit flatly on the ground with crossed legs before the altar. The elders then take a handful of green rice, feed each child and ask them what they wish while clapping their backs. If the children answer the question clearly and politely, all the best will come to them that year. After that, people enjoy the offerings together, and children play games or dance and sing in the moonlight. Anyone who visits the Khmer’s houses on this occasion will be tasted com dep (a kind of young sticky rice). At the pagodas of Khmer people, locals hold paper-lantern releasing into the sky and putting on the rivers. The custom of releasing flying lights and floating lights is believed to sweep away the darkness, impure and sadness from the village. Many traditional activities of the Khmer are organised on the evening of 14th.

Source: Vietnam Nation Administration of Tourism

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