Vietnam Festivals and Events early 2012

The festivals and events are calendared in Lunar month. Normally, a lunar month stay later than western month of around 30 days..

January and February are the most interesting festival months in the year, in Vietnam. Plenty of the festivals and special events would be organized throughout Vietnam.

1. Tet – Vietnamese and Chinese Lunar New Year, is the most important Festival of Vietnamese people. This scared Festival sometime between late January or early February (depend on Lunar Calendar ) and Tet has become so familiar to the Vietnamese that when Spring arrives, the Vietnamese, wherever they may be, are all thrilled and excited with the advent of Tet, and they feel an immense nostalgia, wishing to come back to their homeland for a family reunion and a taste of the particular flavours of the Vietnamese festivities.. Although officially a three-day affair, festivities may continue for a week or more with every effort made to indulge in eating, drinking, and enjoyable social activities. It is also a time for family reunions, and for paying respect to ancestors and the elders. Gifts of food are made to friends, neighbors and relatives in the days before Tet.

vietnam-new-year-tet-festivalsThe Tet of the New Year is, above all, is an opportunity for the household genies to meet, those who have helped during the year, namely the Craft Creator, the Land Genie and the Kitchen God. Tet is also an opportunity to invite and welcome deceased ancestors back for a family reunion with their descendants to join the family’s Tet celebrations. Finally, Tet is a good opportunity for family members to meet. This custom has become sacred and secular and, therefore, no matter where they are or whatever the circumstances, family members find ways to come back to meet their loved ones, gather for a dinner of traditional foods like bánh chưng (a square cake made of sticky rice stuffed with beans and pork), măng (a soup of boiled bamboo shoots and flied pork) and xôi gấc (orange sticky rice). This is followed by a visit to the local pagodas.

Starting Dates in Western Calendar 3 Feb 2011, 23 Jan 2012

2. The Lim Festival, organized in Lim village located 18 km from Hanoi, where Quan Ho, the special folk songs performed. It takes place every year on 13th day of the 1st lunar month. Tens of thousands of visitors come here to enjoy the dialogues performances between  ”lien anh” (male singers) and “lien chi” (female singers), the country’s most skilled Quan Ho singers. These are male and female farmers who sing different types of songs in the pagodas, on the hills, and in the boats. Besides this, visitors can come to the Lim Festival to enjoy the weaving competition of the Noi Due girls. They weave and sing Quan Ho songs at the same time. Like other religious festivals, the Lim Festival goes through all the ritual stages, from the procession to the worshipping ceremony, and includes other activities.

The Lim Festival is a special cultural activity in the North. The festival celebrates the “Quan Ho” folk song which has become a part of the national culture and a typical folk song that is well loved in the Red River Delta region.
The Lim Festival is also celebrated with traditional temple games. In one game, teenage girls must mind a stranger’s baby, chew pieces of sugar cane in order to create fuel with which to start and maintain a fire, cook rice, and prevent a frog from jumping out of a circle marked on the ground. If the baby cries, the fire goes out or the frog escapes, the girl is disqualified.

Starting Dates in Western Calendar 26 Feb 2010, 15 Feb 2011, 4 Feb 2012

3. Cau Ngu festivals: This festival of lower Thai Duong Village in Huong Hai Commune of Huong Dien District is organized annually on the 12th day of the 1st lunar month in memory of the village tutelary genie Truong Quy Cong. His alias is Truong Thieu, and he was a native of the North who came to the village to settle, teach the locals how to fish, and trade junks. On the eve of the festival, the entire village begins making offerings. Both parts of the village, the upper and lower parts,worship to Truong Quy Cong. Late at night, the “fish worshipping ceremony ” occurs, where people pray for peace and the future abundance of fish. Every three years, games representing sea fishing activities are organized, such as the “fish catching” game and “net-casting” game. After these games, people tend to go watch the rowing skiffs.
The “net-casting” performance is a form of entertainment that is characterized by rituals to commemorate the merits of the village tutelary genie.

Starting Dates in Western Calendar 14 Feb 2011, 6 Feb 2012.

4. Nui Ba festivals: If you go to Tay Ninh, you should visit Nui Ba, a beautiful mountain located in the middle of the Mekong Delta, 11km from downtown Tay Ninh.

Nui Ba (Ba Mountain) is often called Ms. Den Mountain. According to a legend, the mountain was named after a young woman called Denh, but who was referred to as Den. She was the devout daughter of a guard officer of the Mien ethnic minority group. Den left her house to enter a monastery in the mountains. She became a nun due to family pressure to marry a guard officer’s son from the Trang Bang Area. She remained at the monastery until she died. After her death, the Nguyen Dynasty ordered that a mould of her be cast in black bronze in her honour as the Linh Son Thanh Mau ( Saint Linh Son).

During the spring until the afternoon of the 30th day of the 1st lunar month, and especially on the day of the full moon of the first month, tourists from Ho Chi Minh City and the provinces of the south pilgrimage to worship and sightsee. Starting at the bottom of the mountain, tourists climb one half of the mountain to Saint Linh Son’s communal house and then follow a path that leads to a pagoda. This pagoda offers vegetarian meals. Tourists can eat as much as they want, but should donate some money to the pagoda; the amount of the donation depending on the budget of the tourist.
Starting Dates in Western Calendar 17 Feb 2011, 06 Feb 2012.

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Ten crazy festivals in the world

Have you ever been to a crazy festival? Check out some:

Chon Buri Buffalo Races
If you find yourself stuck in Bankok in October, and are bored of something to do, it is worth checking out the Chon Buri Buffalo Races.

During the event, Buffalo’s which are most often used for pulling ploughs, are polished up by their owners and brought in from the fields to compete in a host of buffalo related events. The highlight of the bill are the races, which see Thai farmers hanging for dear life, while their furry friends charge towards the winning posts. Another classic event of the festival is the ‘buffalo wrestling’ where man pits his wits against the strength of the bull. The more facial aesthetic buffalo’s can also vie it out in the prestigious ‘Miss Water Buffalo Competition. I’m not going to mention the buffalo’s face after Mama sat on it.

Pero Palo Festival – Spain
Each year in the town of Villanueva de La Vera the townspeople build an effigy of a man called ‘Pero Palo’ prior to beating it with sticks, knocking its head off and burying it. Then the party begins. I think this is extemely unexceptable. Although it could be implemented in Bangkok instead of capital punishment and the heads could be used for candle holders.

Crying Babies – Japan
In tune with the Japanese’s rather off the wall sense of humour, comes the crying baby festival. Each year grown men yell at a group of infants until they cry. This reminds me of Ajarn.com but the babies never stop crying.

Naked Man Festival – Japan
Still running with obscure Japanese traditions is the naked man competition. The ‘chosen’ naked man is completely shaved and forced run the gauntlet through the towns streets while 9,000 men try the best to pummel him along the way. Calm down people you can’t keep them once you catch them.

Thai New Year Waterfight – Thailand
The Thai New Year serves up possibly the worlds largest water fights in a Thai whiskey fuelled marathon. Also an alarming amount of deaths.

The Cotswold village of Ranswick hosts one of several fairly well known cheese rolling competitions. Basically a 12kg lump of double Gloucester is chased down a 45 degree hill by hundreds of glory seeing participants. The cheese is later picked up and exported to france.

Lumberjack World Championships – USA
Axe wielding, muscle-bound, rednecks battle it out with chainsaws and axes. The winners are rewarded with their freedom from the local prison.

Wife Carrying World Championships – Finland
A 253 meter obstacle track and a wife on your shoulders. The woman have to be over 13 stones to paticipate.

Wales enters the frame of bizarre festivals with its very own World Bog Snorkelling Championships. Held in Llanwrtyd each August, a 60 yard trench cut into the peaty earth of Waen Rhydd Bog, becomes the venue for one of the one of the most obscure swimming events in the world. Unfortunaltly it’s not very popular due to the flooding of the area.

Feel No Pain – Thailand
Witness hungry people pushing steel rods through their cheeks and tongues in celebration of the beginning of Taoist lent. Great if your thinking of drinking a beer Chang after, to relieve the pain. Also watching it dribble out of the holes in your cheeks.

World Lying Championships – Cumbria (England)
In celebration of a certain Will Ritson, a Victorian pub landlord who apparently owned a foxhound/golden eagle crossbreed which could leap over even the tallest dry stone walls. Is there a Bangkok version of Will Ritson?

Wilderness Woman Competition – Bangkok
Organised by the Bangkok Bachelor Society of Thailand. Single women race over various obstacles carrying beer Chang and sandwiches, to a bachelor of their choice waiting in an armchair totally starkers.

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If you find yourself stuck in Bankok in October, and are bored of something to do, it is worth checking out the Chon Buri Buffalo Races.
During the event, Buffalo’s which are most often used for pulling ploughs, are polished up by their owners and brought in from the fields to compete in a host of buffalo related events. The highlight of the bill are the races, which see Thai farmers hanging for dear life, while their furry friends charge towards the winning posts. Another classic event of the festival is the ‘buffalo wrestling’ where man pits his wits against the strength of the bull. The more facial aesthetic buffalo’s can also vie it out in the prestigious ‘Miss Water Buffalo Competition. I’m not going to mention the buffalo’s face after Mama sat on it.
Pero Palo Festival – SpainEach year in the town of Villanueva de La Vera the townspeople build an effigy of a man called ‘Pero Palo’ prior to beating it with sticks, knocking its head off and burying it. Then the party begins. I think this is extemely unexceptable. Although it could be implemented in Bangkok instead of capital punishment and the heads could be used for candle holders.
Crying Babies – JapanIn tune with the Japanese’s rather off the wall sense of humour, comes the crying baby festival. Each year grown men yell at a group of infants until they cry. This reminds me of Ajarn.com but the babies never stop crying.
Naked Man Festival – JapanStill running with obscure Japanese traditions is the naked man competition. The ‘chosen’ naked man is completely shaved and forced run the gauntlet through the towns streets while 9,000 men try the best to pummel him along the way. Calm down people you can’t keep them once you catch them.
Thai New Year Waterfight – ThailandThe Thai New Year serves up possibly the worlds largest water fights in a Thai whiskey fuelled marathon. Also an alarming amount of deaths.
The Cotswold village of Ranswick hosts one of several fairly well known cheese rolling competitions. Basically a 12kg lump of double Gloucester is chased down a 45 degree hill by hundreds of glory seeing participants. The cheese is later picked up and exported to france.
Lumberjack World Championships – USAAxe wielding, muscle-bound, rednecks battle it out with chainsaws and axes. The winners are rewarded with their freedom from the local prison.
Wife Carrying World Championships – FinlandA 253 meter obstacle track and a wife on your shoulders. The woman have to be over 13 stones to paticipate.
Wales enters the frame of bizarre festivals with its very own World Bog Snorkelling Championships. Held in Llanwrtyd each August, a 60 yard trench cut into the peaty earth of Waen Rhydd Bog, becomes the venue for one of the one of the most obscure swimming events in the world. Unfortunaltly it’s not very popular due to the flooding of the area.
Feel No Pain – ThailandWitness hungry people pushing steel rods through their cheeks and tongues in celebration of the beginning of Taoist lent. Great if your thinking of drinking a beer Chang after, to relieve the pain. Also watching it dribble out of the holes in your cheeks.
World Lying Championships – Cumbria (England)In celebration of a certain Will Ritson, a Victorian pub landlord who apparently owned a foxhound/golden eagle crossbreed which could leap over even the tallest dry stone walls. Is there a Bangkok version of Will Ritson?
Wilderness Woman Competition – BangkokOrganised by the Bangkok Bachelor Society of Thailand. Single women race over various obstacles carrying beer Chang and sandwiches, to a bachelor of their choice waiting in an armchair totally starkers.

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