Central Vietnam Festivals


30 Mar 2021 - 01 Apr 2021 | Da Nang

The Avalokitesvara Festival in Da Nang is an opportunity for interested travellers and Buddhists to come together to honour the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. Held at Quan The Am pagoda near Marble Mountains, the schedule of activities will include prayer ceremonies, flower releasing, boat racing, as well as tea, photography and painting exhibits.




08 May 2021 - 08 May 2021 | Da Nang

The Sunrise Sprint is the perfect entry point to the demanding world of triathlons. This warm-up event held the day before the IRONMAN 70.3 VIETNAM race in Da Nang, the Sunrise Sprint offers participants the challenge of a 750m beach swim, a flat and fast 20-kilometre bike ride, and finishes off with a 5-kilometre run along the sand. After the race, soak up the beauty of Da Nang, where fresh seafood, blue skies and beaches abound. The next day, take in the drama of the weekend’s main event, which starts and finishes on the sand.




22 Jul 2021 - 22 Jul 2021 | Hue

Chi Long is a small village festival that takes place each year in Phong Chuong District, close to the historic city of Hue and Tam Giang Lagoon. Villagers commemorate founder Lady Dai Cang, who led four clan heads to claim this land during the 15th century. Watch honorary tradition unfold with a procession of votive tablets, and the Truc Yet ceremony where offerings are presented along with dancing and speeches.  Afterwards, some offerings are placed on boats and floated down the O Lau River.



10 Aug 2021 - 10 Aug 2021 | Hue

Just upstream from Hue, Hon Chen Temple is home to a community celebration which takes place twice a year along the Perfume River. On Aug. 10, 2021, this longstanding temple will be venerated with processions and offerings. Expect colourful dragon boats cruising along the river in the God Welcoming Ceremony, take in the vibrant costumes of actors dressed as characters of the Nguyen Dynasty, and watch as lanterns are set afloat against the night sky on the final evening.




22 Aug 2021 - 22 Aug 2021 | Hoi An

On the fifteenth day of the seventh lunar month, villagers on the beach in Hoi An stage a ritual to protect the area during the change of seasons. The boatmen in the area will carry a bamboo replica of the Long Chu dragon boat in a procession from the village to the river and the sea. The dragon boat is a royal symbol of divine strength, and is used to ward off epidemics and bad luck. Traditional singing and folk games are also part of the festivities.



26 Sep 2021 - 29 Sep 2021

This festival is the highlight of the year for ethnic Cham people, also known as Mbang Kate. Over 3 days, the Cham people honour their dead and heroes from their history. Commemorative rites, offerings to the gods and animated sacred dancing take place in three temples in Ninh Thuan province. After the religious rites, the Cham people hold a party to celebrate their culture and heroes of long ago.


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