After the traditional Lunar New Year 2018, there is a series of the spring festivals which are very rich, lively and meaningful. In this article, we will introduce some typical festivals in the North of Vietnam Argentina tourist should not miss if coming here at this time.
1. Doi Son Festival (from January 5th to 7th on the lunar calendar)
Occurring from January 5th to 7th of on the lunar calendar, the festival has the meaning of encouraging farm work with a history from the 10th century in the hometown of King Le Dai Hanh (Ha Nam).
After many years, this festival was restored on January 7th (the lunar month), 2009. The festival includes many interesting activities.
2. Co Loa Festival (from January 6th to 16th on the lunar calendar)
Co Loa Festival takes place from January 6th to 16th (lunar calendar) at An Duong Vuong Temple in Co Loa Commune, Dong Anh District, Hanoi to remember and worship Thuc Phan An Duong Vuong, who built the country of Au Lac and Co Loa Citadel.In the morning of January 6th on the lunar calendar, the festival opens with the procession of five flags representing for the five elements including metal, wood, water, fire, earth, according to Eastern philosophy.
There are also many different games in the festival, for example, swinging, cooking contest, Tru singing, and Cheo singing.
3. Bai Dinh Pagoda Festival, Ninh Binh (January 6th on the lunar calendar)
The festival of Bai Dinh Pagoda is a spring festival, which is held on the 6th day of the Lunar New Year and lasts until the end of the third lunar month, commencing the pilgrimage festivals of Hoa Lu Ancient Town, Ninh Binh Province.
The special thing in Bai Dinh pagoda architecture is the space which is always opened. Since the construction of the statue of Buddha which was placed outside, the pagoda has attracted a large crowd of pilgrims to worship.
The architecture of the new pagoda is characterized by large, monumental blocks bearing the imprint of Vietnamese architecture such as the use of local materials (Ninh Binh green stone, ivory wood) and dark brown Bat Trang ceramics.
The most distinctive of Bai Dinh pagoda architecture is the dark arched roof of the phoenix tail which is not the same as the rough line of the Chinese temples. The architectural details of the pagoda are also bearing the stamp of famous traditional villages in Vietnam.
Bai Dinh Pagoda includes folk games, cave-watching, temple sightseeing as well as Cheo, Xam, Ca Tru singing.
4. Lim festival, Bac Ninh (January 13th on lunar calendar)
Lim festival is a big festival held on 12th and 13th January every year in Tien Du district, Bac Ninh province. Lim festival is considered the unique crystallization of Kinh Bac culture.
Lim Festival is a unique cultural and artistic activity of the long-standing traditional culture in the North and Quan Ho folk songs become the common cultural property of the Vietnamese people, representing lyrical folk songs in the North of Vietnam.
The prerequisite to visit Vietnam and discover these above interesting spring festivals, of course, is getting Vietnam visa. If you live near the Vietnam embassy in Argentina, it is a big advantage in applying for a Vietnam visa. To know more about the procedures as well as the process of getting Vietnam visa at Vietnam embassy in Argentina, please visit https://vnembassy-buenosaires.mofa.gov.vn/en-us/Pages/default.aspx.
If you live far away from Vietnam embassy in Argentina or for any reason do not want to go to the Vietnam embassy in Argentina for Vietnam visa, you can refer to Vietnam Visa on arrival (VOA) which will save a lot of time and energy in applying for a visa.
Welcome to Vietnam and hope you enjoy your time here in this wonderful country!