Top festivals/events celebrated in Hanoi


As the capital with a 1,000-year-long history of Vietnam, it comes as no doubt that Hanoi is the home to many of the top festivals in our charming country. No matter what you are looking for on your Vietnam tailor-made tours: a glimpse of the traditional Vietnamese way of life or a closer look at the modern way of life through modern festivals in Vietnam, Hanoi has something to suit everyone. While there are about 1,000 festivals held during the year, we are only going to look at the top festivals/events celebrated that Vietnam’s 100,000 expats and 13 million foreign tourists simply must see while they are in the area. Don’t miss them on your Vietnam tailor-made tours if you want to see the very best of Hanoi.

To give you a fair idea about some of the most exciting festivals and events to attend on your Vietnam tailor-made tours and their dates. Before you start planning your Vietnam culture tour, here is a piece of information that would prove essential for you!

While the celebrations in Hanoi happen all over the year, August until January of the lunar year is the time when our capital city can be seen at its vibrant best.

Mid-Autumn Festival (Tet Trung Thu)


Tet Trung Thu

Recognized as one of the two most important events in the whole of Vietnam, Mid-Autumn Festival (Tet Trung Thu) attracts hundreds of Hanoians and their guests from all over the world to hit the streets of Hang Ma and Luong Van Can or at the citadel area in Ba Dinh District for a night of fun and frivolity.

Dozens of parades with dragon and lion dances on all the city streets complete with colorful costumes to celebrate the festivities of year and no two places in Hanoi celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival (ngày rằm tháng Tám) in exactly the same way.

One special food for the Mid-Autumn Festival is mooncake (bánh trung thu) – a kind of traditional Vietnamese pastry. Eagerly devour bánh trung thu with hot tea while seeing the moon at its roundest and brightest is what Vietnamese often do after dinner of ngày rằm tháng Tám.

Having a meal with your family at a luxury hotel restaurant like Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is not a bad idea. If you want to know more about Vietnamese culture, though, make yourself a lantern, mask, or a mooncake and see Vietnamese play traditional games or even take part in is a better choice.

  • Time: the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. This year, it is on September 24th.
  • Location: throughout the city

Le Mat Snake Village Festival


Le Mat Snake Village Festival

Another festival to attend on your Vietnam tailor-made tours is Le Mat Snake Village Festival. The highlights at the Le Mat Snake Village Festival are the rite of carps offering to god, a snake killing dance – an original performance held in the yard of the communal house in the imperial capital of Thang Long, a water procession from the village well, and flight against snake monster.

  • Time: from the 20th to the 24th of the 3rd lunar month. In 2019, it is from April 24th to 28th.
  • Location: the Le Mat Village, Viet Hung Ward, Long Bien District, Hanoi.
  • Objective: Commemorate Hoang Duc Trung – the god of the Hoang Family – the Le Mat Village’s hero.

Chem Temple Festival


Chem Temple Festival

Don’t miss the Chem Temple Festival on your Hanoi day tour!

  • Time: from the 14th to the 16th of the 4th lunar month. In 2019, it is from May 18th to 20th.
  • Location: the Chem Village, Tu Liem District, Hanoi.
  • Objective: Worship Ly Ong Trong and his wife – Princess Bach Tinh.

Home to different religions and cultures coexisting harmoniously, Vietnam is a land of fascinating festivals, and its capital is not an exception. A large number of festivals in different categories celebrated in Hanoi is a real manifestation of its long history and rich culture and traditions. There are numerous Vietnamese festivals and celebrations held annually in Hanoi, the most attractive and fascinating of which are mentioned above.

Author Since: Jan 16, 2019

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