Hoi An Cultural Festivals
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Every year, on the occasion of Lunar March (March 23rd), a ceremony of worshiping the lady Thien Hau is held in Fujian Assembly Hall and Duong Thuong Assembly Hall in Hoi An. The festival is called the birth anniversary of the lady Thien Hau. This festival is derived from the beliefs of the Chinese merchants, because the day before they often used to sail across the sea, travel everywhere to trade and exchange goods. On their dangerous sea voyage, people faced natural disasters and danger, but as legend goes, many were rescued by a sea goddess, they believe to be Thien Hau Thanh Mau.
Also known as Vietnamese Mother's Day, this festival takes place on the 15th day of the seventh month in Lunar Calendar. It is the largest Vietnam holiday after Tet. On this day, people visit pagodas and temples to worship their ancestors and make offerings such as food and clothing. Presents are also given to living parents to show appreciation and gratitude.
Every year, on the full moon day of July, many Vietnamese in general and the Hoi An people in particular go to the temple to pray for those who have escaped the escape, especially for the mother to live with us. At many temples in Hoi An, Vu Lan festival is held in a warm affection when everyone is devoted to the heart of the birth.
Held on the eighth day of the eighth annual calendar year, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional celebration for Vietnamese children. It is an opportunity for families to visit together and share in the eating of delicious moon cakes and for young generations express their gratitude to the old generation and for parents to show their love for their children through gifts.
The Lunar New Year, known in Vietnam as Tet, or the Vietnamese New Year, is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture.Tet celebrates the arrival of spring and is celebrated on the same day as Chinese New Year. Many Vietnamese prepare for Tet by cooking special holiday food and cleaning the house. These foods include bánh chưng, bánh dày, dried young bamboo soup (canh măng), giò, and sticky rice. Many customs are practiced during Tết, such as visiting a person's house on the first day of the new year (xông nhà), ancestor worship, wishing New Year's greetings, giving lucky money to children and elderly people, and opening a shop. Tết is also an occasion for pilgrims and family reunions. They start forgetting about the troubles of the past year and hope for a better upcoming year. They consider Tết to be the first day of spring, and the festival is often called Hội xuân (spring festival).
On the 10th day of the first lunar month of the year, hundreds of households in Hoi An’s Thanh Ha pottery village visit the Nam Dieu shrine.
Long Chu is a royal boat, a symbol of divinity believed to to scare away epidemics and diseases. The Long Chu Festival includes a procession in which a fabricated boat and elephant are carried through the town and then to the river for a ceremonial release into the sea. The Festival is very lively and includes singing and games.
Every year, on the 7th of the first lunar month, villagers from Tra Que Village (Cam Ha Commune, Hoi An City) organize the Bong Bridge Festival to pay tribute to their ancestors who founded Tra Que Vegetable Village and to pray for rain and good weather for a successful harvest.