Hoi An

3rd Cam Ha Kumquat Festival 2018

The Festival

 

Cam Ha, just 1.5kms out of Hoi An city center, hosts a Kumquat Tree Festival every year. It takes place approximately three weeks before Vietnam’s greatest Festival celebrating the Lunar New Year (Tet).

 

The centerpiece of the festival is a ceremony for Hoi An’s kumquat tree cultivators: to honor the tree growers’ ancestors – the kumquat growers who preceded them. This celebration is also an opportunity for Hoi An’s kumquat farmers to show off their considerable skills, particularly how they prepare the trees so that they will bear the maximum amount of fruit, precisely at the time of Tet Holiday.

kumquat festival, Hoi An
kumquat festival, Hoi An

Kumquat Trees and Tet

 

It is considered very auspicious to have a kumquat tree laden with fruit in your home at Tet as it’s a harbinger of good fortune for the coming year.

 

But it’s not as simple as it seems. The cultivation of a high quality kumquat tree is very labor-intensive. After three months all the flowers should be removed. At the end of summer, the tree must be dug up carefully on a selected day, aiming for maximum fruit at Tet Holiday time.

 

As Tet Holiday approaches, with an eye to the year ahead, Vietnamese people all around the country choose the right tree to decorate their homes.

 

Kumquat tree cultivation is an important part of Hoi An’s local economy. Hoi An is a key producer for the nation, both city and province. Not only is this industry an important contributor to the local economy, it is a vital ingredient in the joyous spirit of Tet for the entire nation.

 

The 3rd Cam Ha Kumquat Festival 2018 is an ideal opportunity for everyone to enjoy the beauty of kumquat trees and take a kumquat tree pot home as a New Year decoration.

January 27

Time Activity Venue
 
07:30 – 09:30 Opening ceremony and welcome performance Trang Keo residental zone, Cam Ha ward.
09:30 – 10:00 – Presentation of growing kumquat
– Bonsai kumquat tree auction
– Exhibition: products made from kumquat ( juice, jam and liquor), Bonsai kumquat trees, local specialties
19:30 – 22:00 – Bài chòi (Hoi An bingo game)
– Bonsai kumquat tree exhibition, Food market “Quang Village”

January 28

Time Activity Venue
 
07:30 – 09:30 Folk games Trang Keo residental zone, Cam Ha ward.
19:30 – 21:00 Bolero show “Night of love”
21:00 – 21:30 Award and closing ceremony of the 3rd Cam Ha Kumquat Festival 2018

Photos: Phan Thi Lai

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