The culture and festivals in Hue, Vietnam best describe the practices, beliefs and ways of living of its locals. The culturally rich and colorful festivals serve as the heritage of the once politically active city.
There are many festivals in Hue that you might like to witness and plan your vacation around. Below are some of the festivals in Hue following the Lunar and the Western calendar.
Major Festivals and Occasions and the date celebrated:
- January 1: New Year
- January 1 in Lunar Calendar: Lunar New Year
- January 2 in Lunar Calendar: Lieu Doi Festival (Ha Nam Ninh)
- January 5 in Lunar Calendar: Dong Da Festival (Hanoi)
- January 10 in Lunar Calendar: Elephant Race Day and the M’nong Ethnic Minority’s help in central highland
- January 13 in Lunar Calendar: Lim Festival (Ha Bac)
- January 15 in Lunar Calendar: Spring Festival on Ba Den Mountain (Tay Ninh)
- February 3: The Foundation of the Communist Party of Vietnam
- March 10 in Lunar Calendar: “Hung” Temple Festival (Vinh Phu)
- April 9 in Lunar Calendar: “Giong” Festival Performing Day (Hanoi)
- April 26 in Lunar Calendar: “Chua Xu” Festival “Chau Doc”
- April 30: The Liberation of South Vietnam
- May 1: International Labor Day
- May 14: The Buddha’s Birthday
- May 19: Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday
- June 16 in Lunar Calendar: “Mr. Whale” Festival (Tien Giang & Ben Tre)
- July 30 in Lunar Calendar: “Lang Ong” Festival (HCMC) and Le Van Duyet’s Anniversary old-age Worshipping
- August 9 in Lunar Calendar: Buffalo fighting festival (Do Son & Hai Phong) and “Tran Hung Dao” Festival at Tran Hung Dao Temple
- September 2: National Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
- December 25: Christmas Day
Some of the popular festivals in Hue include:
- Sinh Village Wrestling Festival – a traditional wrestle festival celebrated on the 9th and 10th day of the 1st lunar month at Lai An Village.
- Phong Son Sacrifice-offering Ceremony – a festival celebration intended for the god of stone. The locals will cast nets or go to the forests via their waterways to hunt. This is celebrated on the 7th day of the first Lunar month at Phong Son Commune, Thua Thien-Hue Province.
- Minh Huong Festival – This is celebrated from the 14th to the 16th day of the 7th Lunar month at Minh Huong Village, in honor of the god of the opening rice paddies. The celebration is marked by street processions of gods, boat racing and worshipping rituals.
- Phu Xuan Communal House Festival – This is celebrated on the 5th and 6th day of the sixth Lunar month at Hue in honor of the genies believed to have founded the village. The locals during this time are expected to make sacrifices in the form of animal offerings like ox, pig and goat.
- Hon Chen Temple Festival – Another important point of the culture and festivals in Hue, Vietnam made to honor their gods. This festival happens on the 3rd day of the third Lunar month, and is usually held at Ngoc Tran Mountain and Hai Cat Communal House. The people will have a procession in the Huong River to thank the Holy Mother Thien Y A Na.