Southern Vietnam Festivals


09 Feb 2021 - 15 Feb 2021 | Ho Chi Minh City

Take a stroll down Nguyen Hue street in Ho Chi Minh City during the Tet Holiday to admire the street's annual flower festival. From February 9 to 19, this pedestrian boulevard will be transformed with elaborate flower displays, artwork, and LED lights. Themed installations will be set up along the 720-metre stretch, and visitors are welcome to take photos with the flower arrangements -- a favourite part of the city's Tet festivities.



19 Jun 2021 - 19 Jun 2021 | Mekong Delta

Immerse yourself in a world of lively boat parades and whale ceremonies at the Mỹ Long Festival this June. Worship of the sea has been a longstanding tradition of seafarers in the south of Vietnam. It’s a sacred belief to some that whales are the keepers of the sea, the guardians of sailors and fisherman alike. Visitors are invited to sit back and cast a lure, or enjoy a deliciously fresh seafood dish at this unique coastal celebration. The festival takes place annually in Tra Vinh.



22 Sep 2021 - 24 Sep 2021 | Vung Tau

Held in the coastal city of Vung Tau, this festival commemorates whales, a sacred animal of the area. According to legend, Emperor Gia Long was saved from a sinking ship by these majestic creatures and he elevated their status in court, making whales a local diety and protector of fishermen. A procession of locals symbolically picks up the whale god from the sea and parades it through the city en route to Thang Tam Temple. Folk games, songs and offerings are part of the festivities.



18 Nov 2021 - 18 Nov 2021 | Mekong Delta

Ooc Om Bok (or Ooc Om Boc) is the one of the liveliest festivals in the Khmer calendar. Vietnamese in the Mekong Delta use this time to thank the moon god for good crops of rice and abundant catches of fish, and to celebrate the end of the Khmer year. Fruit and vegetables are given as offerings to the gods at midnight. Thousands of visitors gather to watch boat races, and ethnic dancing and music is guaranteed. 



18 Nov 2021 - 18 Nov 2021 | Mekong Delta

The most anticipated race in the Mekong Delta, this vibrant and thrilling boat race is part of the traditional Khmer Festival, Ooc Om Boc. The festival pays homage to the moon and serves as a celebration for end of the year in the Khmer calendar. The Ghe Ngo race involves 30 groups of men and 10 groups of woman racing traditional Khmer boats in time with the sounds of gongs and cheers from the large audience. 



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