Hoian is a cultural heritage in the world. It has many interesting things to discover. Among them, joining Hoian culture tours to enjoy some famous festivals in Hoian is one of the best choices.
This festival is held by Hoa community living in Hoi An City. The two places where people choose to organize it are Phuc Kien Club and Ngu Bang Club. It annually takes place on the twenty-third day of March of the Lunar calendar in order to commemorate and honor lady Thien Hau. She was a Chinese people living in Tong era and her hometown was Phuc Kien Province. She had a special ability to predict the weather thus helping local farmers and fishermen avoid natural disasters effectively. Also, she continued assisting and preserving them in their settlements in a new land. Therefore, this festival is a chance to reinforce the solidarity between the two races and it becomes a Vietnamese cultural identity.
Lady Thien Hau
It is an age-old traditionally folk festival occurring yearly in Duy Xuyen District, Quang Nam Province. Its aim is to have the merits of Lady Thu Bon in remembrance. She, also known by the name Madame Bo Bo, was a Cham people. She had a great contribution to building up agriculture and silviculture for people in this land. She represented for love, belongings, and rose-color for all regional people. Her mausoleum was built a long time ago by local people in Duy Tan Commune. This festival occurs boisterously with some interesting activities. In general, it includes liturgies, boat-races, parade, folk games and so on. At the last night, it has flower garlands and colored lanterns festival and campfire.
Lady Thu Bon Worshiping Festival
According to Vietnamese custom, Mid-Autumn Festival takes place in the middle of autumn, it means the fifteenth day of August of the Lunar Calendar. This time is believed to be the most beautiful day in autumn because the moon is round and light in a maximum way. From the beginning of this month, people have prepared a lot for this festival. In this occasion, people always place the five-fruit tray on the ancestral altar and in their home yield. Adults usually come together and drink while talking about some funny stories in their lives. Meanwhile, children like joining lantern parade, sing some special songs and eating confectionery. Besides, Mid-Autumn Festival is the opportunity to forecast the next crops basing on the color of the moon. Therefore, it deserves to choose if you want to enjoy a cultural tour in Hoian Vietnam.
Mid-Autumn Festival in Hoian
On the full moon in July of the Lunar Calendar each year, many Vietnamese people in general and Hoian people, in particular, go to the pagoda to pray for the salvation of the dead soul. Especially, people usually wish for their mother to be long-lived with them. In many pagodas in Hoi An, Ghost Festival is held in a warm atmosphere when all participants spend the whole love to their parents. In Phap Bao Pagoda, it has a prom night called “Bong hong can ao”. It gives people some precious moments to think about the love between individuals, child, and parents. The rose stuck on the chest as a promise to always beside parents. It reminds people of how crabwise parents underwent in all year round.
It is time to commemorate the merits of parents
On the tenth day of January of the Lunar Calendar every year, hundreds of people in Thanh Ha pottery village gather to Nam Dieu Shrine to prepare for some formal liturgies. This festival attracts a lot of people in this region and tourists from everywhere. It is a spiritual culture activity with a lot of folk etiquettes performed by artists and local people. From the early morning, the main ceremony is organized with the parade team walking along the streets. It goes from Nam Dieu Shrine to Thanh Chiem Shrine. It is a place to worship, honor and believe in progenitors. In the festival oration, people wish for a peaceful country and a rich crop. After these activities, most people in Thanh Ha village wear “ao dai” and flower scarf, invite tourists to join the folk games like “Cong nang ve dinh”, “Lai buon xuat sac” or making ceramics, cooking by casseroles and so on. Therefore, this village becomes an ideal cultural place of Vietnam to visit in Hoi An.
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