Vietnam Events in March
Ancient Hoa Lu festival opens
Hoa Lu Festival, the largest and most spectacular in the northern province of Ninh Binh, opens on April 8.
Among the highlights of the festival will be a water-carrying procession from the Hoang Long River to the King Dinh and King Le temples, a requiem, displays of coloured lanterns and flower garlands, a calligraphy competition and sporting activities.
Organisers also plan to release 1,043 balloons (symbolising 1,043 years since King Dinh Tien Hoang came to the throne).
Thái Vi Temple Festival
The festival is organized annually on the 14th -17th of March of the lunar calendar in Van Lam village, Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district. It has the purpose of commemorating King Tran – who was a credit to the nation.
The worshipping part is carried out in two ways, namely the procession and the sacrifice. The procession is performed by over 30 teams coming from communes in Hoa Lu district and others within the province.
After procession, sacrifice is implemented. Sacrifice is an important ceremonial hold in front of the temple.
Elephant Race Festival Dak Lak
The Elephant Race Festival takes place in springtime, normally in the third lunar month. In preparation for the festive day, people take their elephants to places where they can eat their fill. Apart from grass their food also includes bananas, papayas, sugar canes, corns, sweet potatoes. The elephants are free from hard work to preserve their strength. On the big day, elephants from different villages gather at Don Village. People from near and far in their best and colourful costumes flock to the festival. The racing ground is 500m long and wide enough for ten elephants to stand simultaneously.
Thay Pagoda Festival
Thay Village (nowadays called as Thuy Khe Village) is located at the foot of Sai Son Mountain, and belongs to Quoc Oai District, Ha Noi. The mountain has a number of old pagodas the most well known of which is the Th?y Pagoda where is also worshipped Tu Dao Hanh, a monk of the Ly Dynasty who hailed from Lang Village (Ha Noi) and was endowed with supernatural powers.
A bird-view picture of the Thay Pagoda Festival, Quoc Oai District, Ha Noi
Visitors come to this village all the year round for several reasons. The village and Sai Son Mountain provide well-known scenic sports involving a nice lake (Long Tri Lake)
Thanh Minh (Day of the Dead)
Like the other cultures of the world, all Vietnam festivals and events are dedicated to something or somebody. They are celebrated to worship deities, to honor their ancestors and also to respect the kings of Vietnam who have played vital roles in both cultural and industrial development and in shaping the country as it stands today. One such occasion where they remember their ancestors is the Thanh Minh (Day of the Dead).
The Thanh Minh (Day of the Dead), Vietnam is celebrated on the third lunar month. During this festival people visit the graves of their ancestors to pay their respects. The graves are cleaned, and foods and flowers are offered and incense sticks are lighted.