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Top 5 Colorful Festivals: Exploring Vietnam’s Vibrant Celebrations

Mai Anh
3 min. to read

Discover Vietnam’s diverse cultural heritage alongside its stunning natural landscapes by immersing yourself in some of its typical festivals. These celebrations have been integral to Vietnamese society for centuries. In this article, Sun Getaways Travel will present the top 5 festivals in Vietnam for international tourists.

Table of contents

1. Hue Festival: A Dynamic Fusion of Music, Dance, and Art

2. Huong Pagoda Festival: Bursting with Color in Hanoi’s Rural Landscape

3. Yen Tu Festival: A Sacred Ascent to Spiritual Heights

4. Hoi An Lantern Festival: A Magical Night of Color and Light

5. Dalat Flower Festival: Honoring Nature’s Floral Splendor

1. Hue Festival: A Dynamic Fusion of Music, Dance, and Art


Let me introduce you to the captivating Hue Festival, the first among Vietnam’s many festivals. Known for leaving indelible impressions on visitors, it’s an unmissable opportunity to delve into Vietnam’s rich traditional culture and uncover the essence of its history. Held annually in Hue City, this festival promises a plethora of enchanting activities for all participants to enjoy.

  • Savor the exquisite Hue royal court music, a UNESCO-recognized cultural heritage.
  • Indulge in historical films, Ao Dai showcases, and a diverse array of cuisine from three regions.
  • Engage in traditional games like kite flying and human chess.
  • Participate in the hot air balloon festival, offering complimentary admission.
  • Discover the Nam Giao sacrifice ceremony, a cultural exploration not to be missed.

Ao Dai performance at Hue Festival

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2. Huong Pagoda Festival: Bursting with Color in Hanoi’s Rural Landscape


In addition to the Hue Festival, the Huong Pagoda Festival stands out as one of Vietnam’s most renowned celebrations. Held at the Huong Pagoda in My Duc District, Hanoi, this festival spans from January 6th to the end of the third lunar month.

Serving as a prominent spiritual tourist destination in the North, the Huong Pagoda Festival holds significant cultural importance, blending worship traditions with natural devotion encompassing Daoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. Alongside ceremonial rituals, the festival hosts a myriad of unique ethnic cultural activities including boating, mountain climbing, and Cheo singing.

3. Yen Tu Festival: A Sacred Ascent to Spiritual Heights

The Yen Tu Festival is a prominent event in Uong Bi City, Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, held annually from January 10th to the end of the lunar month of March. During the festival, visitors can:

  • Witness the solemn ceremonies and vibrant atmosphere, featuring engaging activities such as bell-ringing, drumming, and blessings.
  • Partake in various traditional games including tug-of-war, cockfighting, traditional martial arts, and dragon dances.
  • Embark on a pilgrimage to the Dong Pagoda situated atop a 1,068-meter-high mountain.
  • Explore the sacred Giai Oan stream and its surrounding area.
  • Enjoy the scenic beauty of Hoa Yen Pagoda, Mot Mai Pagoda, and Bao Sai Pagoda.

Yen Tu Festival performance

4. Hoi An Lantern Festival: A Magical Night of Color and Light

The Hoi An Lantern Festival, situated in Quang Nam province, stands out as one of Vietnam’s most enchanting cultural celebrations. It offers international visitors a wonderful opportunity to experience the distinctive and serene charm of Hoi An. Held in the ancient town of Hoi An, this festival occurs on the 14th day of the Lunar calendar each month, with a particularly vibrant atmosphere on the full moon night of the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Hoi An Lantern Festival

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5. Dalat Flower Festival: Honoring Nature’s Floral Splendor


Much like the Hue Festival, the Dalat Flower Festival occurs biennially and serves as a standout event in Vietnam’s festival calendar. Visitors to the festival are treated to the picturesque “garden of Eden,” adorned with a plethora of blooming flowers, while also being treated to captivating musical performances and a host of engaging activities.

Da Lat Flower Festival

For the best trip to explore the wonderful floral world of Dalat, you should keep the following tips in mind:

  • Prepare enough warm clothes because the atmosphere is cold. 
  • You should give priority to choosing warm, neat clothes because you may have to walk a lot so elastic clothes will make traveling more convenient.
  • If unfortunately not able to see the opening ceremony, you can watch it on television without worrying about missing any special performances.

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Sun Getaways Travel trust that this blog will spark excitement and assist you in crafting your Vietnam tour itinerary. Be sure not to miss the opportunity to explore these attractions with the finest Vietnam tour packages available!

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