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Crowds gather for pig procession festival

The pig procession festival held in La Phu, Hoai Duc district, Hanoi on the evening of February 28, generated a lot of attention and attracted thousands of local people and visitors. The festival is held to commemorate the Great Holy Tam Lang in the 6th Hung Due Vuong, who struggled to bring peace to the ... Read More »

Exploring Son Doong cave in early spring

Many tourists wish to explore the biggest cave in the world, Son Doong, between 2-5 million-years old is a massive cave system in the central province of Quang Binh. Following are photos from an expedition of a group of tourists to Son Doong cave in the early days of the New Year.          Son Doong cave is ... Read More »

Traditional Dao wedding

Traditional wedding of the Red Dao in Bat Xat district of Lao Cai province is among cultural beauties of this unique ethnic minority group. According to Dao custom, the groom is not present in the bridal procession but in return, many wedding formalities showing his family’s respect for the bride are held at the groom’s home. Under the Dao custom, ... Read More »

Thousands attend Lim festival in Bac Ninh

A large number of local people and tourists came to Tien Du district in the northern province of Bac Ninh from the early morning of February 28 to join the Lim festival, which honours Quan Ho (love duet singing) – a world intangible cultural heritage recognised by UNESCO. The annual Lim festival falls on the 12th and 13th days of ... Read More »

The pastoral solitude of Ba Be Lake in spring

Ba Be Lake in the heart of Ba Be National Park of northern Bac Kan province takes on an air of verdant bliss in spring as the tranquil waters barely stir but for the few fishermen and egrets living by the lake. Arriving at Ba Be Lake this time of the year, visitors can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and romantic ... Read More »

Rice cooking contest brings good fortune for new year

Thi Cam villagers in Xuan Phuong commune of Hanoi’s Tu Liem district gathered at the communal house on February 23 (or the 8th day of the first lunar month) for a traditional rice cooking contest. The event attracts a great interest from a large crowd. The festival aims to commemorate General Phan Tay Nhac, who is believed to have lived ... Read More »

Tuy Loan communal house festival honours ancestors

A festival was held at Tuy Loan communal house on February 25 (or the 10th day of the first lunar month) in central Danang city’s Hoa Vang district, attracting thousands of local people and tourists. A highlight of the festival is the King’s honour ceremony (le sac phong) to remind people of their five ancestors, Dang, Lam, Nguyen, Tran, and ... Read More »

Traditional festivals open festive season

The festive season in Vietnam has begun with many traditional festivals open on the first days of the Lunar New Year, including Huong Pagoda Festival, Bai Dinh Pagoda Festival, and Giong Festival. Huong Pagoda Festival kicks off in Huong Son commune of My Duc district, Hanoi, on February 21 (the 6th day of the first lunar month) A monk beats ... Read More »

Doi Son ploughing festival prays for bumper crops

The Tich Dien (ploughing) festival in Doi Son commune, the Red River Delta province of Ha Nam, which prays for a bumper harvest, kicked off on February 22. Dragon dance to celebrate the Tich Dien (ploughing) festival in Doi Son commune in 2018  Drum performance at the festival  The enactment of the ritual when the King ploughs the field at ... Read More »

Huong Pagoda Festival opens

Despite the drizzly weather, thousands of pilgrims and tourists flocked to Huong Pagoda in My Duc district, Hanoi, on the first day of its Festival on February 21. Huong Pagoda festival officially opened on the morning of February 21 and runs until the end of the third lunar month. Monks are preparing for the opening ceremony of the festival. Hanoi’s ... Read More »