Vietnamese Independence Day – 2 September
The 2nd of September 1945 commemorates Independence Day. It’s the day Ho Chi Minh declared the nation independent of French Colonial rule.
Festivals in Vietnam
If experiencing local Vietnamese life, traditions, and culture is what you’re after, check out this guide to Vietnamese festivals and public holidays in Hoi An and beyond.
Tet in Vietnam
Tet (Lunar New Year) in Vietnam is the country’s greatest festival. It is both spiritually important and a time to really let your hair down.
Exploring The Mid – Autumn Festival in Vietnam
For the first time in months there is a chill in the air. The unpredictable rains of September keep the people of Hoi An in tune with nature, sensitive to the changing seasons. The recently harvested rice fields are still smoldering in the distance, the smoky haze floating in over the street like an apparition.
The Hungry Ghosts Festival and the 7th Lunar Month
At the beginning of the 7th lunar month I lost my ATM card and my office manager said, “that’s normal’. She quickly added: ‘you’ll be lucky if that’s all that happens to you.’ She herself had just had her helmet stolen and was resigned to it. ‘I need to be much more careful this month – the hungry ghosts, the forlorn ones with no family, the sinners are all around,’ she added as she pulled a visitor’s bike inside the gate for safe-keeping and checked the lock on the side door.
A First-Timer’s Guide To Tet
This quick guide to Tet in Hoi An is for for those who haven’t been before. But before jumping into the tips and advice let’s set the scene a little.
Tet Food Delicacies
You might have heard of the special Tet food that Vietnamese prepare to eat and offer to guests during the Tet holidays: Banh Chung and Banh Day.
Vietnamese Zodiac: The Dark Side
Ever wonder why zodiacs all over the world only have good things to say about everyone? Even faults are seen as positives as everyday reality goes out the window. You have to wonder where all the misery, war and poverty in the world comes from when reading these ‘fairy tale’-like descriptions where everybody is smart, compassionate and talented. This is a good marketing ploy that sucks in readers but it’s not much use to anyone.
Spring into The New Year: Tet in Hoi An
The Vietnamese new year, or Tết Nguyên Đán (commonly shortened to ‘Tet’), is the biggest event on the Vietnamese calendar. Also referred to as the ‘Spring Festival’ to typically mark the beginning of Spring, Tet is a grand affair, filled with ceremony, tradition, family reunions, and, of course, food. It falls at the same time as Chinese New Year (in correlation to the lunar calendar) however there are various Tet customs that are unique to Vietnam.
Full Moon Lantern Festival
The Lantern Festival occurs each full moon. Many tourists flock to Hoi An to experience its magic and have an evening of celebration.
The Lunar Calendar and the Full Moon Lantern Festival
Although the moon takes 27.3 days to orbit the earth it takes 29.5 days to complete its phases (because the earth is moving too). This makes it a bit tricky to nail down exactly on which date a full moon occurs, even in the lunar calendar. To cope with this some lunar months are 29 days and some are 30 days. In the wash-up the full moon usually occurs on the 15th or 16th day of each lunar month but not always.