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  FESTIVALS IN HO CHI MINH CITY  
 
 
 
 
 
  LE VAN DUYET TEMPLE FESTIVAL  
 


Date: 1st day of the 8th lunar month

Le Van Duyet Temple, located in Binh Thanh District, is dedicated to Officer Le Van Duyet and his wife. The festival takes place on the anniversary of the death of Le Van Duyet.

The Death anniversary of Le Van Duyet is commemorated at his mausoleum at the end of the seventh and the beginning of the eight lunar from all over Vietnam, the festival often begins earlier and can last well after the official ceremony.

In addition to tradition southern rituals, there are performances of Vietnamese opera in the temple's front area. Devotees burn incense and paper votive objects, and also consult the oracle for answers to questions concerning their life, family, marriage or work, and wish for property, good luck and promotion.
 

 
  NGHIA AN HOI QUAN  PAGODA FESTIVAL  
 


Date: 15th of the 1st lunar month and 24th of the 6th lunar month

Nghia An Hoi Pagoda, situated at 678 Nguyen Trai St. in District 5, is dedicated to Quan Cong, an eminent Chinese man, and other spirits. Every year, the Hoa people, numerous Kinh people, and other visitors from distant provinces, take part in the two festivals.

On the 14th day day of the first lunar month, unicorn, lion and dragon dance group perform for audiences on the large field in front of the pagoda. According to custom, only vegetarian offerings are made to Quan Cong, while the other spirits are offered dishes containing meat.

Following the worshipping ceremonies, there are artistic activities on the grounds of the pagoda lasting for a few nights. This festival aims to glorify and to demonstrate the admiration of the Hoa community for Lord Quan Cong.
 

 
  THIEN HAU PAGODA FESTIVAL  
 


Date: 23rd - 24th of the 3rd lunar month

Thien Hau Pagoda, also called Lady Pagoda, is located at 710 Nguyen Trai St., in District 5. According to legend, Lady Thien Hau, who was originally from China, sacrificed her life to save human beings.

The ceremony held in her honour, on the 23rd day of the 3rd lunar month, is the biggest ceremony that take place at Thien Hau Pagoda. People pray to her for happiness, prosperity, and solidarity.

The festival ends on the afternoon of the 24th day of the 3rd lunar month. Lion dance performances take place in the yard of the pagoda. This festival plays an important role in the spiritual life of the city's Chinese, as well as Vietnamese Communities.
 

 
  FISHMAN'S FESTIVAL AT CAN GIO  
 
The Practise of worshipping and staging a procession for a whale is a popular belief of fishermen in the coastal areas that stretch from central Vietnam to the southernmost province of Ca Mau.

The Fisherman's in Ho Chi Minh City is celebrated in the commune of Can Thanh, Can Gio District, on the 16th day of the eighth lunar month. All fisherman stop catching fish on this day in order to attend the festival, while the shrines, fishing harbour and boats are all beautifully decorated.

The festival is divided into three stages: Le Ruoc Ong (worshipping the memory of ancestors), an offering period (roast white pork, colourful steamed sticky-rice, wine and tea); and the the main worshipping ceremony.
 
 
  DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF TRAN HUNG DAO  
 
Every year, on the 20th day of the eighth lunar month, Vietnamese people honour the death anniversary of Tran Hung Dao, a national hero from the 18th century.

In Ho Chi Minh city, there are many places worshipping Dao's life, but the Tran Hung Dao Temple is home to the area's largest ceremony. It features traditional rituals form the North.
 
 
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