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Festivals Ho Chi Minh, Saigon

Tet Festival

The Tet Festival is the most celebrated festival in Vietnam. Also known as the Lunar New Year, Tet falls between 19 January and 20 February and lasts a whole week in the south. This festival is celebrated grandly with massive fireworks, bright decorations and friends and families all take this time to dress their best and have a good time.

Buddha’s Birthday Festival

Buddha’s Birthday Festival falls on the 15th day of the Fourth Lunar month. In Ho Chi Minh this festival is a major celebration at the Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda. The temple is decorated extravagantly with colorful lanterns hung prettily. Monks can be seen walking in several processions along the streets and praying thus adding to the Zen atmosphere.

Fisherman’s (Nghinh Ong) Festival

The Fisherman’s Festival(Nghinh Ong Festival) is celebration unique to the district of Can Gio in honor of the whale. The whale is considered a sacred creature amongst fishermen and is worshipped as the God of the Seas.Every Year, on the 16th day of the eighth lunar month, the fishermen do not go out to seaShrines, fishing harbors and boats are all beautifully decorated on this day. It is a festival not to be missed and you should try to factor it into your plans if traveling in Vietnam during this period

Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday

Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday (19 May) The former president was a pivotal figure in gaining freedom for the people of Vietnam and has attained the status of national hero in the hearts of Vietnamese. The city of Saigon was renamed Ho Chi Minh City in his honor and his birthday is widely celebrated in this city.


Nghia An Hoi Pagoda (15th of the 1st lunar month and the 24th of the 6th lunar month)
Thien Hau Pagoda Festival (23rd day of the 3rd lunar month)
Le Van Duyet Temple Festival (1st day of the 8th lunar month)
Mid-Autumn Festival (15th day of the 8th lunar month)
Death Anniversary of Tran Hung Dao (20th day of the 8th lunar month)
National Day (2 September)

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