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Festivals in September

Provinces: An Giang, Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Hanoi, Ha Tay, Hai Phong, Hung Yen, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Thai Binh, Thanh Hoa, Tien Giang, Vinh Phuc.

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Tet Trung Thu (Mid-Autumn Festival)

 

Time: 15th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Every family.
Objects of worship: The Moon.
Activities: Feast of banh nuong and banh deo (pastries), procession of lights, lion dance.
Tet Trung Thu is formerly autumn festival, and then becomes tet trong trang (moon looking festival) of children. On this day, the moon is the brightest and roundest in the year, cool weather. The festival involves the custom of trong trang, procession of lights (parading with lanterns shaped as moon and stars), lion dance and eating pasties and fruits.

Traditional festivals in Vinh Phuc province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Bach Tru (Ke Bach) Festival
Time: 9th to the 15th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Tien Thang Commune, Me Linh District, Vinh Phuc Province.
Objects of worship: My Nuong, and Cong Son - a general of Hai Ba Trung.
Activities: Procession of Ba's palanquin, sacrifices-offering ceremony, banh giay making contest.

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Traditional festivals in Ninh Binh province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Yen Cu Festival
Time: 20th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Khanh Cu Commune, Yen Khanh District, Ninh Binh Province.
Objects of worship: Tran Hung Dao, his wife and princesses.
Activities: Procession of palanquin across Day River to Phu Hao Village.

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Traditional festivals in Hai Phong City:
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival
Time: The 9th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Do Son Dist., Hai Phong City.
Objects of worship: Water genie.
Activities: Buffalo fighting, the cult of water genie.
The Buffalo Fight in Do Son (Hai Phong City) is officially held every year on the 9th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. There are, in fact, two rounds of elimination before the middle of the fifth month and 8th day of the sixth lunar month.
The preparation for this festival is very elaborate. Fighting buffaloes must be carefully selected, well fed, and trained. These buffaloes must be between 4 and 5 years old, with a good appearance, a wide chest, a big groin, a long neck, an acute bottom, and bow shaped horns. The fighting buffaloes are fed in separate cages to keep them from contact with common buffaloes.
The beginning of the worshipping ceremony lasts until lunch time. A typical procession begins with an octet and a big procession chair, carried by six strong young men. The six clean buffaloes that are part of the ceremony are covered with red cloths and bound with reddish bands on their horns. There are 24 young men who dance and wave flags as two teams of troops start fighting. After this event, a pair of buffaloes are led to opposite sides of the festival grounds and are made to stand near two flags called Ngu Phung. When the right signal is released, the two buffaloes are moved to within 20m of each other. At the next signal, the two leaders release the ropes that are attached to the noses of the buffaloes. The two buffaloes then rush into each other with well practiced movements. The spectators then shout and urge the fighting along.
At the completion of the fight, the spectacle of "receiving the buffaloes" is very interesting as the leaders must then catch the winning buffalo to grant it its reward.
The Buffalo Fight in Do Son is a traditional festival that is attached to a Water God worshipping ceremony and the "Hien Sinh" custom. The most typical reason for the ceremony is to express the martial spirit of the local people in Do Son, Hai Phong.
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Earth firecracker Festival
Time: 3rd day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Tan Hung, Tam Da, Tan Liên Communes, Vinh Bao District, Hai Phong City.
Activities: Earth firecracker contest. Each earth firecracker is refined carefully, 25kg to 30kg in weight. After the starting signal, players lift earth firecracker high then beat it down. Which one has longest piece will win the prize.
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Ha Communal House Festival
Time: 20th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Hong Bang District, Hai Phong City.
Objects of worship: The Buddha, Tran Hung Dao, Tran Quoc Toan, Chua Lieu, Nguyen Cong Tru.
Activities: Sacrifices-offering ceremony, incense offering.
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Phu Xa Temple Festival
Time: The 20th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Dong Hai Ward, Hai An District, Hai Phong City.
Objects of worship: Tran Hung Dao, Lady Bui Thi Tu Nhien - who kept food store house of Dai Viet army and had merit of rebuilding Phu Xa Temple.
Activities: Sacrifice-offering ceremony, procession of ancestral tablet, Chinese chess, cock fighting.
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Tat Giang Festival (Dum singing at night on river Festival)
Time: 10th to the 15th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Phuc Le Commune, Thuy Nguyen District, Hai Phong City.
Activities: Singers rowing on river, songs are composed by themselves, the contest is taken Location in 3 nights, who cannot make repartees is lost.

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Traditional festivals in Hung Yen province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Mai Vien Festival
Time: 2nd day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Kim Dong District, Hung Yen Province.
Objects of worship: The village's tutelary gods (Two princesses - Ao Do Dai Vuong mandarins).
Activities: Offerings are black pig, steamed glutinous rice, wine, and singing.

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Traditional festivals in Ha Tay province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Bat Nao Festival
Time: 15th to the 18th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Phu Nhieu Hamlet, Quang Trung Commune, Phu Xuyen District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Truong Cong, Khanh Cong (Dình Bat Nao), also called Tho Lenh or Than Trung Thanh, general of the 18th Hung King.
Activities: Sacrifice to the god, ho cua dinh, praying for people and things prosperous, good crops.
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Huu Vinh Temple Festival
Time: Spring Festival: 10th to the 12th day of the first lunar month. Autumn Festival: 12th day of the 8th lunar month.
Location: Hong Quang Commune, Ung Hoa District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Quang Xung.
Activities: Palanquin procession, boat contest, wrestling.
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Nguyen Trai Temple Festival
Time: The 16th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Nhi Khe Village, Nhi Khe Commune, Thuong Tin District, Ha Tay Province.
Objects of worship: Nguyen Trai.
Activities: Incense-offering ceremony in commemorating his death anniversary (the 16th day of the eighth lunar month), visiting his statue and Worshipping House.

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Traditional festivals in Nam Dinh province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Bao Loc Temple Festival
Time: 20th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: My Loc District, Nam Dinh Province.
Objects of worship: Tran Hung Dao.
Activities: Sacrifices-offering ceremony and popular games.
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Co Trach Temple Festival
Time: 18th to the 20th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Loc Vuong Ward, Nam Dinh City, Nam Dinh Province.
Objects of worship: Tran Kings.
Activities: Sacrifices-offering ceremony, paying pilgrimage, incense offering.
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Co Tung Hamlet Festival
Time: 1st day of the ninth lunar month.
Location: Nam Hong Commune, Nam Truc District, Nam Dinh Province.
Objects of honour: Village's tutelary god - Pham Hoang Giap, who had merit of fighting aggressors on sea.
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Dong Cao Temple Festival
Time: 18th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Dong Cao Village, Yen Loc Commune, Y Yen District, Nam Dinh Province.
Objects of worship: An Duong Vuong and My Chau.
Activities: Procession of My Nuong's palanquin to visit and confess her faults with her father.
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Tran Temple Festival
Time: 15th to the 20th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Loc Vuong Ward, Nam Dinh City, Nam Dinh Province.
Objects of worship: 14 Tran Kings.
Activities: Proclamation worshipping, procession, cheo singing, sword dance.
The cluster monuments of Tran Temple is located in the surbub of Nam Dinh in a large area of more than 10 hectare with many communal houses, pagodas, temples, tombs, stone shrines which were erected at the Location where the old palaces used to stand. Thien Truong Temples dedicated to the 14 Tran Kings. Co Trach Temple dedicated to Tran Hung Dao. Bao Loc Temple, tomb and statue of Tran Hung Dao are also belongs to this relic. Tran Temple Festival involves some rituals and cultural activities: proclamation worshipping, palanquin procession, cheo singing, van singing, bai bong dance, sword dance, and wrestling.
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Truc Chinh Communal House Festival
Time: 10th to the 15th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Truc Chinh Commune, Truc Ninh District, Nam Dinh Province.
Objects of worship: Trieu Quang Phuc.
Activities: Sacrifices-offering ceremony, preparing feast contest of 18 giap, banh giay making contest, fat pig feeding contest.

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Traditional festivals in Thai Binh province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Am Pagoda Festival
Time: The 2nd day of the ninth lunar month.
Location: Vu Tay Commune, Kien Xuong District, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: Nguyen Minh Khong - the teacher of the prince who had merit of treating King Ly Than Tong of hoa ho (behavior and action of a tiger) disease.
Activities: Procession, incense - offering ceremony, praying, boat racing (tell the old tale of Nguyen Minh Khong).
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Dong Bang Festival
Time: 20th to the 26th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: An Le Commune, Quynh Phu District, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: Tran Hung Dao.
Activities: Procession, worshipping god, boat race.
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Dong Bang Festival
Time: 20th to the 26th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: An Le Commune, Quynh Phu District, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: Tran Hung Dao.
Activities: Procession, worshipping god, boat race.
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Vu Lang Festival
Time: The 10th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Vu Lang Commune, Tien Hai District, Thai Binh Province.
Objects of worship: Four tutelary gods.
Activities: Four tutelary gods procession, buffalo fighting: buffaloes drink wine, covered the eyes then taken to fighting arena (fighting arena is a pond of communal house which is dried up), dance of starting battle, human chess playing.

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Traditional festivals in Thanh Hoa province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Lam Kinh Festival
Time: The 22nd day of the eight lunar month, the death anniversary of Le Loi.
Objects of worship: King Le Thai To (Le Loi).
Location: King Le Temple, Xuan Lam Commune, Tho Xuan District, Thanh Hoa Province.
Activities: Ly lien singing and dancing and fair exhibition.
The festival is organized in Lam Kinh, Tho Xuan District, Thanh Hoa Province, where Lam Kinh Palace, the mausoleums and tombs of the Le Kings are located here. At the Muc Son Quay, in front of the tomb area in the present-day Xuan Lam Commune, there is a small temple dedicated to King Le Thai To (or Le Loi). In the past, every three years, on the King’s death anniversary on the 22nd day of the eighth lunar month, the Le Kings and other mandarins from Dong Kinh (Thang Long - Ha Noi) came here to carry out the ritual. Besides, the local residents hold an annual festival to commemorate the hero at this temple.
Besides the sacrifices- offering ceremony, incense offering rite and other rituals like in many festivals throughout the country, in Lam Kinh Festival, there were ly lien (or ri ren) singing and dances and other performances. Many couples of young boys and girls, hand in hand, danced and sang and performed the game “planting flowers” and “plaiting flowers.” Later, these performances were relocated by the ca cong and hue tinh singings and the performances of some stories of Binh Ngo pha tran and Chu hau lai trieu. In the festival, there was also the performance of bronze drums. The festival was attended not only by the Kinh (Viet) people but also other ethnic minorities in Thanh Hoa. On the occasion, they brought and sold in the festival a lot of their forest and native products (bee’s honey, aloe wood, cinnamon, mushroom, cat’s ear, herbs, etc.) to form a bustling market.
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Tep Temple Festival
Time: The 21st day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Duong Tu Hamlet, Kien Tho Commune, Ngoc Lac District, Thanh Hoa Province.
Objects of worship: Le Lai who sacrificed his life to save Le Loi.
Activities: Sacrifices - offering ceremony, incense offering in commemorating Le Lai.

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Traditional festivals in Hanoi Cty:
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Bich Cau Dao Quan Festival
Time: 12th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: 14 Cat Linh Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: The tien ong Tran Tu Uyen.
Activities: Ca tru singing.
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Ghenh Temple Festival
Time: The 20th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Ai Mo Hamlet, Bo De Ward, Long Bien District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Three goddesses: Lieu Hanh (the daughter of Ngoc Hoang), La Binh (the daughter of Tan Vien - God of Mountain), Le Ngoc Han (King Quang Trung's wife).
Activities: Van singing the praise of the Holy Mother's merit
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Phu Xa Village Festival
Time: 14th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Phu Thuong Ward, Tay Ho District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Nguyen Kieu - Saint Tang.
Activities: Procession of Saint Tang.
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Trai Racing Festival in Vinh Tuy
Time: 10th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Vinh Hung Ward, Hoang Mai District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Nha Cat Royal Highest and his wife Lady Trinh Thien.
Activities: Boat racing.

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Traditional festivals in Ba Ria - Vung Tau:
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Nghinh Ong Festival in Vung Tau
Time: From the 16th to the 18th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Ca Ong Tomb, Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Vung Tau City.
Objects of worship: Ca Ong.
Activities: Procession of Ca Ong on sea.
This is the chance for fishermen pray for safe, catching many shrimps and fish. Time of the festival coincides with the day of whale's death. The festival involves the rites of Ong worshipping, procession of Ong on sea by a big decorated boat with flag and flowers, bustling with drums and gongs. After the rituals are games such as boi singing, ba trao singing, martial performance

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Traditional festivals in Tien Giang province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Tu Kiet Festival
Time: 15th to the 16th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Thanh Hoa Commune, Cai Lay District, Tien Giang Province.
Objects of worship: Four men: Duoc, Long, Rong, Than who become the heroes during the struggle against French colonialism.
Activities: Incense offering ceremony.

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Traditional festivals in An Giang province:
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Dolta Ceremony and Ox Racing Festival
Time: From the 29th day of the eighth lunar month to the 1st day of the ninth lunar month (or to the 2nd day of the ninth lunar month in case of the eighth lunar month without the 30th day).
Location: In pagodas, or at each household of the Khmer people in Tri Ton or Tinh Bien District, An Giang Province.
Objects of worship: In remembrance of ancestral merits and wishing happiness and peace for the deceased’s souls.
Activities: Ox racing according to traditional ritual of the Khmer people
The ox racing is held in a large ground 60m wide and 170m long which is surrounded by high earthen rampart where spectators can stand. The racing lane is 100m long and 4m wide. Its two ends are marked with departure and destination poles.
Each racing tournament involves 38 pairs of oxen selected from competition in commune level. Most of the oxen have strong posture: big head, straight back, solid bone, long tail, small ear, round neck and gentle eye. The nearer the competition draws, the more boisterous the atmosphere becomes.
When the competition starts, each pair of oxen is yoked to a harrow which is made of a plank of wood 30cm wide and 90cm long with teeth underneath.
Each round of competition includes two pairs of oxen. The controller stands on the harrow waving his whip. He must stand firm otherwise he will lose due to violation of regulations.
The competition consists of two rounds: hu and tha. It can be considered that hu is the selection round, and tha the real contest, which displays the strength of the oxen and the skill of their controllers. In the hu round, each pair of oxen has to go around the competition ground two times for warming up and performance. If any pair steps on the harrow of another pair will lose. However, in the 120m-long tha round, those stepping on the harrow of others will win. The departure and destination points are marked with two green and red poles 5m away from each other. The oxen in the lane of green poles must reach the destination marked by poles of the same color. In the race the controllers hold a rattan whip or a round stick called xa lu. After the signal of the referee, the controller shoves the xa lu into the oxen’s buttock to make them rush forward amidst the resounding cry of the spectators.
The final round is always the most boisterous time. The oxen seem like horses and their controllers, experienced jockeys. The racing oxen become the pride of the whole village. As such the controllers, the owners of the oxen and the oxen themselves all try hard to show their skill and strength. The prize-winning oxen are much loved for their efforts to bring about the honor for their owners.
The ox racing in An Giang has an age old tradition. The men in the village take this community event as an opportunity to show their courage and dexterity.

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Traditional festivals in Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City:
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Ong Bon Pagoda Festival
Time: 15th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City.
Objects of worship: Ong Bon, Quan Cong, Quan The Am, Ba Chua Sanh.
Activities: Incense-offering ceremony.
Vietnam traditional festivals in September Welcoming the Lord Whale Festival
Time: From the 15th to the 17th day of the eighth lunar month.
Location: Mausoleum of the Water General, Hung Thanh Hamlet, Can Thanh Commune, Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City.
Objects of worship: Ong Fish (The Whale).
Activities: The cult of the whale of the fishermen in the coastal areas. Traditional ritual of procession and sacrifice offering.
The festival of welcoming the Lord Whale or the cult of the Lord Whale is popular in many coastal localities from Ngang Pass to Ha Tien, Phu Quoc Island. This constitutes one of the biggest festivals of the fishermen. Different names are given to this festival: the procession of the Whale’s skeleton, the ceremony of praying for fish, the sacrifice offering ceremony dedicated to the Whale, the festival of welcoming the Whale and so on. However it is believed that the Whale is holy sea creatures, the saviour of fishermen and those living in the sea in general. This traditional popular belief has been handed down from generation to generation of fishermen in many localities.
The tomb of the Water General, who King Tu Duc conferred the title of Nam Hai Tuong Quan (The General of the Sea), is the venue for the annual ceremony of the fishermen in Can Gio in remembrance of the Whale.
On the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, many cultural activities take Location, stirring up the festive atmosphere.
At about 10 a.m. in the morning of the 16th day of the eighth lunar month, village dignitaries in traditional outfits carry out the procession of the palanquin of Nam Hai Tuong Quan to the sea. The fleet of dragon boats sets out at the Can Gio Wharf in Vung Tau. The fishermen and other people burn incense and present offerings in welcoming the fleet along its way to the sea. The dragon boat welcoming the Water General is accompanied by hundreds of boats of various sizes and decoration. An altar and a tray of offerings are put in the front of the dragon boat. It takes about two hours for the fleet to come back to the departure point. Then a procession of the Water General to his tomb is held. A group of lion and dragon dancers perform to welcome the procession.
The procession follows solemn rites in accordance with traditional rituals. Other cultural and artistic activities also take Location inside and outside the Water General’s tomb, even until late into the night.
From 8 a.m to 10 p.m on the 17th day of the eighth lunar month, a ceremony of reading the royal order of promotion of the Water General is held. This ceremony also features religious singing. This ritual also puts an end to the festival.
The festival in the tomb of the Water General is inspired with the sincere wishes of the fishermen for safety in service of their business and their gratitude and honor of the Holy Whale

Source: Vietnam Nation Administration of Tourism

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