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Hoi An Lantern Festival Introduction
As you know, Hoi An Old Town is not only famous and attractive by the ancient architecture of the ancient houses; the Japanese Bridge, Chinese assembly halls, etc but also the Hoi An lantern festival.
It is also one of the main reasons millions of tourists would like to travel to Hoi An every year and make Hoi An become a must-visit destination in the world. So Hoi An lantern festival Vietnam is a unique feature of the ancient town of Hoi An.
Traveling to Hoi An on the full moon lantern festival night, it seems to live in the gorgeous space of a busy international trading port during the 17th and 18th centuries. Hoi An lantern festival is adorned with these magical colors.
Hoi An Lantern Festival Dates 2024
The program “Hoi An lantern full moon festival” was held for the first time in 1998 in the context of a beautiful international trading port of the early years of the 20th century.
For the past 18 years, every month, on the 14th night of the lunar calendar. The ancient town of Hoi An becomes once again beautiful in the magical light of lanterns.
Every year, the biggest Hoi An lantern festival is held on the Tet holiday. From the days near the end of December until the end of the first lunar month. Hoi An lantern festival Vietnam attracts numerous local people and tourists around the world. This is considered a feature of the tourism culture of Hoi An.
|Hoi An Lantern Festival Dates
January 24th, Feb 23rd, March 23rd, April 22nd, May 21st, June 19th, July 19th, August 17th, September 16th, October 16th, November 14th, December 14th
Where the festival takes place?
On the roads along the Hoai River in the old town such as Tran Phu, Le Loi, Bach Dang, Nguyen Thai Hoc, and Nguyen Thi Minh Khai … From 17:00 to 22:00, all the vehicles are temporarily stopped. And all houses, restaurants, and cafes turned off their electric lights. The whole neighborhood will be bathed in the light of the full moon and the colors of thousands of lanterns.
What to expect?
Hoi An lantern festival is such a special event not only for foreign tourists but also for domestic tourists. Light up the lanterns is the desire for good fortune, good health, love as well as happiness.
Traveling to Hoi An on full moon nights, you will enter a completely different world. The old town is bustling with music activities, chess competitions, folk games, paper lotus flower drops on the Hoai river, and Bingo games. Moreover, cultural activities will be enriched with costume prom and lion dance.
If you are a foodie, the Hoi An full moon festival will be a great chance for you to taste all the best Hoi An Street foods such as Quang noodles, Cao Lau, Banh Mi, and Hoi An BBQ. Nothing is more special than enjoying the best street food and admiring the festival atmosphere of Hoi An full moon lantern festival.
At the riverbank, you can buy paper flower lanterns to drop them floating on the Hoai River. It will turn an entire stretch of river into sparkling reflections fluttering in the middle of the night. Do not forget to make a wish for your family and relatives.
The Lantern Festival is also an important time to worship the ancestors, which is an incredibly important ritual of the Vietnamese.
In the yard of the family houses, they will offer some offerings to their ancestors such as good food, beers, flowers, and paper stuff because they thought what you need in this life, you would need in the afterlife. For this reason, you will see most locals care very much about this festival.
Some Travel Tips
Traveling to Hoi An, you must join the lantern festival on the full moon every month or on the lunar new year (Tet holiday).
If you love taking photos, this is a great chance for you to hunt some fabulous and majestic pictures of Hoi An lanterns.
You can buy some homemade lanterns to be a souvenir at the shops in the ancient town. The price is just from VND 30,000 to 50,000 each (roughly USD 2).