Thua Thien Hue has an all-year-round exciting festival scene. Throughout the year, there are numerous celebrations and festivals all over the ancient city. Gia Lac Spring Fair Festival, the annual wrestling competitions Festival of Sinh Village, Cau Ngu Festival in Thai Duong Ha, etc., there is something for all tastes and all ages. Attracting both Vietnamese and travelers alike, each festival and event is the great opportunity to get together for a fun time with family or friends during your holidays in Hue. Here is our selection of not-to-be-missed events, to discover festive and cultural Hue outdoors in this April!
Hon Chen Temple Festival
Hon Chen Temple Festival
Celebrated in honor of the Holy Mother Thien Y Ana, Hon Chen Temple Festival has proven popular with the few international travelers lucky enough to be here at the right time, and to witness what are actually taking place. No one knows when the temple of Hon Chen appeared, but everyone knows how amazing this biennial festival is.
On your Vietnam culture tours in Hue in April, you will see many things coming together to create a sacred and magical religious area. The nicely decorated boats, single boats, double boats. The males and females decking out the brightly colored costumes looking like prince and princess in the Nguyen Dynasty. Chầu văn (a kind of ritual songs), hát văn hầu đồng (falling into a trance) performed by mediums during the whole night. The grand-sacrifices offering ceremony. There is so much more to look forward to!
- Date: 18th April (the 3rd day of the 3rd lunar month)
- Location: Ngoc Tran Mountain and Hai Cat Communal House, Huong Tra Town, Thua Thien – Hue Province
The 10th Hue Festival 2018 – the most famous biennial festival
Summertime in Hue has gained a reputation for its perfect coastline as well as many other retreats such as gentle streams, marvelous waterfalls, mysterious forests, and peaceful countryside. When April comes, one major part of that culture, of course, is the Hue Festival, which is one of the most anticipated cultural events in Vietnam.
This magnificent single week-long festival staged every other year in the former imperial capital of Hue, along the Perfume River, and on Hue’s streets is believed to honor the precious cultural heritage of Hue and to promote the glorious images and potentials of our ancient capital land over the world.
The 10th event will showcase stunning art performances such as theater, puppetry, dance, music, and acrobatics representing the diversity of the cultures of Vietnam and dozens of countries all over the world. Even though these exciting activities will be performed in different places around the city, most of the elaborate and superb traditional and contemporary art performances will be staged at historical venues around the grounds of the Hue Citadel, including the Hue Citadel and An Dinh Palace. Look forward to the national competition of “Hát văn” or “Chầu văn” (spiritual singing), Hue Kite competition, Hue Poetry Festival, Ao Dai Fashion Shows, street parades themed “Cultural Colors”, sampan racing, a cuisine fair, and much more during the six-day festival.
As Hue Festival is a biennial festival (once every two years), if you miss the 10th festival, you have to wait until 2020 to enjoy the convergence of typical and specific art programs of the culture and ancient capital cities in Vietnam.
A must-join festival in April in Hue
On planning your Vietnam culture tours? Don’t forget to keep checking our calendar of celebrations and festivals in Thua Thien Hue Province to keep up to date with events that make the Ancient City a dynamic place buzzing with culture and energy in 2018!
- Date: 27th April – 2nd May
- Location: Hue City, Thua Thien – Hue Province
Summertime returns to Hue Ancient City in April, bringing a wealth of events in its wake. From a spiritual festival at Hon Chen Temple to the large-scale popular event named Hue Festival, there is little excuse for remaining indoors during the clement months in the heart of Central Vietnam. Here is our list of not-to-miss events on your cultural tour in Hue!