The ancient town of Hoi An host the lantern festival every Tets (new year) and every half month (lunar calendar). The festival in Tets (the begining of new year in lunar calendar) is the biggest lantern festival.
Hoi An New Year Lantern Festival
The festival’s organising committee said that around 50 lantern workshops in the town will take part in the annual cultural event. “The best lanterns with traditional designs will light up for lunar New Year’s Eve on 7 nights every year. The 500m long road from An Hoi Bridge to the Hoai River Square will be lit up by hundreds of colorful lanterns during seven days of the festival,” said event organizer Le Son Ca.
“We will also host a series of cultural and art performances to celebrate across the seven days. We hope domestic and foreign tourists will flock to the town during the lantern festival,” he added.
The city, which was included on a list of the top ten Asian cities decided by the US magazine Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards, will also host boat racing on the Hoai River, bonsai, calligraphy and flock performances.
The main roads of Tran Hung Dao, Nguyen Hue and Hoang Dieu will be transformed into a flower display for the New Year celebrations.
Hoi An full moon Lantern Festival
The Hoi An Full Moon Festival is held on every 14th day of the lunar month at the World’s heritage ancient town in Central Vietnam. During these nights, Hoi An ancient town switches off its electric lights and shuts down to motorized vehicles and the lanterns go on (that’s why it is also called Hoi An Lantern Festival). This is a magical festival and gives you a glimpse of what life may have been like when Hoi An was a booming and affluent port 400 years ago.
The Hoi An Lunar full moon festival activities recall the real life of Hoi An people over 4 centuries ago. Some groups of the Hoi an old men play the Chinese chess in front of their houses on the street, the local people & the young couples go around the city under the moonlight to feel their hope & enjoy the life. As you battle your way through the crowds on the street, you’ll be rewarded with bands playing bamboo flutes, drums and fiddles, as well as traditional games. On the banks of the Hoai River young men and women exchange folk songs. You will feel the life very worthy for living when you join the lunar lantern festival in Hoi An ancient town.
Hoi An Full Moon Festival dates 2014 are listed here:
January 14th | February 13rd | March 14th | April 13rd | May 12nd | June 11st | July 10th | August 09th | September 07th (Mid Autumn) | October 07th | November 06th | December 05th
Hoi An Full Moon Festival dates 2015 are listed here:
January 05th | February 03rd| March 05th | April 03rd | May 03rd| June 01st & June 30th| July 30th | August 28th | September 27th (Mid Autumn) | October 27th | November 26th | December 25th