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Hoi An Lantern Festival Introduction
As you know, Hoi An Old Town is not only famous and attractive by ancient architecture of the ancient houses; 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 2020
The program “Hoi An lantern full moon festival” was held for the first time in 1998 with the context of a beautiful international trading port of the early years of the 20th century.
During 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 in the world. This is considered a feature in the tourism culture of Hoi An.
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, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai … From 17:00 to 22:00, all the vehicles are temporarily stopped. And all houses, restaurants, and cafes turned off the electric lights. The whole neighborhood will be bathed in the light of the full moon and 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 domestics. Light up the lanterns is the desire of good fortune, good health, love as well as happiness.
Traveling to Hoi An on the 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 drop on Hoai river, Bingo games. Moreover, cultural activities will be enriched with costume prom, 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, Hoi An BBQ. Nothing is more special by enjoying the best street food and admire 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 them 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 home-made 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).
|Year||Hoi An Lantern Festival Dates|
January 19th, February 18th, March 19th, April 18th, May 18th.
June 16th, July 16th, August 14th, September 12nd, October 12nd, November 10th, December 9th.
January 26th, February 25th, March 26th, April 25th, May 25th, June 23rd
July 23rd, August 21st, September 20th, October 19th, November 18th, December 17th.