Traditional Spring Festival in Hanoi

food tour in hanoi - It is often said that the first season of the lunar calendar is the month of celebrations, and entertainment. There are hundreds of cultural, historical and religious events to be held after the  Lunar New Year holiday. Here are some of the most Hanoi famous festivals

Huong Pagoda Festival in Hanoi

Huong (Perfume) Pagoda, located in Hanoi’s suburban My Duc District, included the complex of temples and shrines built into the Huong Tich mountain system in the 17th century. The annual three-month festival here is the longest and biggest Buddhist festival in the country, attracting thousands of pilgrims and tourists each year.

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The festival takes place from the 6th day of the first lunar month to the end of the third month. During this period, tourists will have a chance to join Buddhist rites and enjoy the beautiful landscape around the pagoda on a boat tour. They can also take part in rowing, mountain climbing, and singing contests.

Dong Da Mound Festival

Dong Da Mound Festival takes place annually on the 5th day of the first lunar month, to commemorate of King Quang Trung who defeated Chinese invaders.

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Around 1851, the local two villages Nam Dong and Thinh Quang people built a pagoda, Dong Quang Pagoda, in front of the mound. From then on, Dong Quang Pagoda organized an annual religious ceremony to commemorate the king's Dong Da Battle on the 5th day of the Lunar New Year.

People gather, reappear the battle and finish with a victorious march into Thang Long Citadel.

Giong Festival

This festival is celebrated at many places in Hanoi, with the two most famous versions held at Phu Dong Temple in Gia Lam District and Soc Temple in Soc Son District.

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Before the festival actually starts, a special ritual is conducted on the 5th in which Saint Giong was invited come back with full of well-prepared oblations. On the 6th midnight, the festival begins with traditional rituals, Saint Giong’s statue is cleaned in the presence of villagers as well as pilgrims. The main festive day is on the 7th day. Giong Festival honors Saint Giong, a mythical folk hero and one of Vietnam's Four Immortals. Legend has it that the boy Giong grew into a giant hero, riding on an iron horse using bamboo as the unique weapon to defeat invaders.

Co Loa Citadel Festival

Co Loa Citadel Festival takes place from 6th to 16th day of the first lunar month at Den Thuong (Upper Temple) in Dong Anh District, on the outskirts of Hanoi, which worships King An Duong Vuong, who ruled over the kingdom of Au Lac (now Vietnam) from 257 to 207 BC. Co Loa  Citadel  Festival based on the legend of An Duong  and his magic crossbow

After the part of holy rites, the festival continues with many traditional games and activities. Both local residents and tourists are attracted by an interesting and rushing ambiance of “danh du” (bamboo swings), “nem con” (game of throwing a sacred ball through the ring), rice cooking competition, “ca tru” singing, “quan ho” singing, “cheo” performance. Especially, wrestling and crossbow shooting are the most attractive activities of Co Loa Citadel Festival.