5 biggest Traditional Festivals For Filming In Vietnam
When coming to a land, a country, in addition to the desire to enjoy the beautiful scenery, people also want to learn about the local culture and customs. Participating in and witnessing traditional festivals is one of the fastest and most impressive ways to learn about culture.
Vietnam is a country with a diverse culture due to its ethnic diversity. Colorful festivals exist for hundreds of years or even thousands of years. Up to now, traditional festivals continue to be preserved and promoted, including many festivals associated with the intangible cultural heritage of the world.
We would like to introduce you to 5 of the biggest traditional festivals in Vietnam, where you can come, join us and experience our unique culture.
- Cam Muong Festival – Lai Chau Province
In among Vietnamese festivals, the Cam Muong festival in Lai Chau province is a special festival of ethnic minorities in the northern mountainous region. This is a festival of the Lu people. For the mountainous people, they usually worship 5 gods including the river god, mountain god, valley god, stream god and dragon god. The Lu ethnic people believe that these 5 deities are their protectors. Therefore, at the beginning of the year, the Lu ethnic people will hold a traditional festival named Cam Muong to both thank the gods and to pray for the blessings of the gods for a prosperous and peaceful year.
(Cam Muong Festival)
Although the offerings to the gods are still rustic, they are all products made by people to show their respect. The offerings are meticulously prepared, the process of making the ceremony is solemnly held. Each tray will include fruit, wine, 18 blue and yellow paper boats. The Lu ethnic people believe that green is the color representing mountains and forests, while yellow is the color for ripe rice. These are all colors to show peace, warmth and happiness.
Ceremony of worshiping in Cam Muong festival has 4 parts: opening ceremony, prayer ceremony, Cam Muong ceremony and finally the closing ceremony. Anyone who comes to the Cam Muong festival not only witnessed these unique traditional rituals but also directly participated in the festival with the Lu people.
(Cam Muong Festival)
- Lim Festival – Bac Ninh Province
Lim Festival is the largest traditional festival in Bac Ninh province and one of the festivals that make up the Vietnamese identity. The main festival is held on January 13 every year in Tien Du district, Bac Ninh province. Here, you will enjoy the Quan Ho folk songs that have been preserved and handed down for generations. Quan Ho folk song is one of the typical folk tunes of the Red River Delta region in Northern Vietnam, which was recognized by UNESCO as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage on September 30, 2009. The content of Quan Ho folk songs praised the merit of building and defending the country, the love, the beautiful scenery and production labor…
When participating in the festival, couples will stand on a yellow boat to sing together. The lyrics sound like questions and answers from both men and women, because Quan Ho’s way of singing simulates a conversation of couples about love, homeland, country … Visitors to the festival can both enjoy Quan Ho songs and participate directly and space games such as chess, wrestling, fairy swing, etc.
- Huong Pagoda Festival – Ha Noi City
If mentioning the traditional festivals in Vietnam, it is impossible not to mention the Huong Pagoda festival in My Duc district, Hanoi. Huong Pagoda is not only beautiful scenery but it is also said that this is the place where Quan The Am Bodhisattva once appeared to lead a religious life so very sacred. The 6th of January every year is the opening day of the Huong Pagoda festival. The festival lasts until the end of the third lunar month.
At the Huong Pagoda, after the ceremony at the statue of the Goddess of Mercy, you must definitely visit a place called the most dynamic cave, which is Huong Tich cave. With the shape of a dragon opening its mouth, a huge population of stalactites and images like a little breast milk dripping and with gold, silver trees, …. has created an overwhelming beauty for visitors. Not only that, many people think that walking around the cave and touching the stalactites will bring a peaceful and prosperous year.
In addition to the festival, Huong Pagoda also attracts visitors by other activities such as boat sailing on the river, climbing, singing, etc. This is the most poetic and lyrical scene of the festival. Looking at the boats that line up to the river like a beautiful picture captivates people.
(Huong Pagoda Festival)
- Cau Ngu Festival – Thua Thien Hue Province
Cau Ngu Festival in Thua Thien Hue Province is held every 3 years, a big traditional festival of Vietnam. Fishermen in Thua Thien Hue organize a festival with the desire to pray for a year of quiet waves, fish and shrimp full of boats and the life of fishermen more prosperous.
(Cau Ngu Festival)
In the festival, there are many traditional funny games such as boating, fishing, quirky games … Whether children or adults can participate in these games. Children disguise themselves as small fishes, adults circle around to catch fish to recreate their daily work. After catching the fish, they will be taken to Thanh Hoang to sacrifice and then sold to the market. The scene of trading, paying and sharing money will be faithfully reproduced. After the scene of re-enacting the fishery life ended, the boats of the fishermen returning to the offshore areas returned to fill with fish and shrimp, signaling a bumper harvest.
In addition, there is a boat competition in the festival with the participation of excellent rowers. The race was held on Tam Giang lagoon, attracting the attention and excitement of numerous tourists…
(Cau Ngu Festival)
- Ba Den Mountain Festival
Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh is the highest mountain in the Southeast region. On the mountain, there are many caves and shrines worshiping the gods.
The Spring Festival here starts on the 4th of January and lasts throughout January with traditional revolutionary events and festivals, along with religious activities. The Ba Den Black Festival held on the 4th, 5th and 6th of the fifth lunar month is considered the most important festival in Ba Den mountain.
The popularity of Ba Den mountain is because of a long-standing legend that a girl named Đenh was very religious in Buddhism, because of being forced to leave home and go to the mountain to become a monk and dead here. The spirit of the girl is very sacred in this land. Later, King Nguyen ordered the black bronze statue and ordained her to make “Holy Mother of the sacred mountain” for the people to worship.
(Ba Den Pagoda in Ba Den mountain)
Her shrine is located halfway up the mountain with a large statue, carved in black bronze. It is thought that at the beginning of the year to visit her and ask for fortune, she will help the whole year work smoothly. On the day of the festival, the people will come back to pay back and give thanks to her.
(Ba Den Mountain)
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