Festival is a substantial part of Vietnamese culture. Festival is the time when the earth and man are reconciled with, people worship gods, wish for beautiful weather and abundant crop as well as commemorating national heroes and the village founders who built villages, gave vocational guidance bringing a happy and prosperous life to villagers. This is also the occasion when traditional cultural activities which show Vietnamese custom and habits. Besides, couples also meet and take part in games together such as calligraphy game, tug of war, wrestling, cooking rice, making cakes,…on festivals.
Time for starting festivals
Festivals mostly take place in three months in spring of Vietnam when the weather is warm and good for holding festivals. This is leisure time of farmers, the earth, nature and people are all fresh and joyful…
Some typical festivals in Vietnam such as Tran temple festival (Nam Dinh), Giong Temple festival (Hanoi), Pa Then Fire Dancing Festival (Ha Giang), Con Son-Kiep Bac Festival (Hai Duong), Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival (Hai Phong)…
Features of festival
The sacredness is the origin of all festivals in Vietnam. People hold festivals to memorize those honored as a Saint or Serene who helped to defend and control that area. A Saint or Serene can be a woman, a hero or a super-talented person. The sacredness of festivals shown in ceremonies such as worshipping and procession becomes an important part of the festival and creates mysterious attraction to involving tourists.
Each region has its own culture, belief, custom and habits. This contributes to diversity in thousands festivals of Vietnamese
A festival only appears, exists and develops when it becomes an essential demand of one community. As a result, there are different festivals which belong to a family, a village, a province, a region or even a country.
The “royal” shows a community’s honor to gods and wishes for protection from them.
Most characters that people worship are in royal family. Therefore, ceremonies such as sacrificing, kowtowing and procession often imitate life activities of royalty.