In the Hoi An Old Town, you just don’t want to miss the Hoi An Lantern Festival. Lantern Festival is one of the most unique attractions of Hoi An and in fact all throughout Vietnam. It is one of the main reasons thousands of both domestic and international visitors flock every year, for a chance to witness such a beautiful scene that cannot be experienced elsewhere.
Lanterns are lit every night in Hoi An regardless of whether it is the Lantern Festival or not. Candles are placed and burned at the bottom of the colorful paper lanterns, creating a glowing atmosphere in the twinkling moonlight.
The Hoi An Lantern Festival will be held once every month. The lantern festival has become popular enough that even if your visit isn’t on the full moon date, you can still participate in the Hoi An traditional full moon festival most nights of the week. There are many things to do in Hoi An beside the festival, but if possible, you should arrange a time to see Hoi An Lantern Festival which has been long regarded as one of the best things to do whilst visiting Hoi An!
1. When does the Hoi An Lantern Festival 2020 take place?
Hoi An Lantern Festival is run on the 14th day of each lunar moon when the moon is at its fullest and brightest.
2020 LANTERN FESTIVAL DATES:
· January 19th, February 18th, March 19th, April 18th, May 18th.
· June 16th, July 16th, August 14th, September 12nd, October 12nd.
· November 10th, December 9th.
2. Where does the Lantern Festival happen?
Hoi An Lantern Festival takes places in the Hoi An Old Town area where colorful candlelit lanterns are. Much of the activities are centered at the An Hoi Bridge and along the banks of the Hoai River. For those of you staying in the Hoi An City Center, it will be a short walk from your hotel. For those of you staying closer to the beach, it will be a 10-15 minute taxi/shuttle ride into the city center.
3. What time does it start and finish?
The lantern festival technically commences quite late, between 9-10PM. Most people however begin to gather in the Ancient Town as sunset begins, where they can have dinner and relax having a drink as they wait for it to begin.
From 8 pm, all the buildings located within here start to turn off their electricity to allow soft lights from the lanterns to light the surroundings to create a magical glow.
4. What to expect?
This is a very special occasion for not only travelers visiting Hoi An to witness, but the local Vietnamese. The releasing of lanterns on the rivers is said to bring good fortune and love, as well as health and happiness.
In the center of the Hoi An Ancient town, vehicles and bicycles are prohibited at this time, which allows you to roam the streets and alleyways whilst soaking up the magical atmosphere. Along the river, there will be lanterns lit, musical performances by locals and locals gathered outside their homes or businesses to play games or simply socialize at this special time
Furthermore, there is no shortage of mouth-watering street food on offer as you stroll through along the riverside. Everything from snacks to vegetarian dishes are on offer, as well as “moon cakes”, filled with sweet red bean paste which is a must-try.
The Hoi An Lantern Festival is also an important time to worship deceased relatives, which is an incredibly important ritual for most Vietnamese. Families will present offerings such as food, drinks, flowers and fake money in the believe that it will result in good luck and future prosperity for their family. For this reason, you will notice most locals get very involved with the festivities.
The performances held along the river also often contain poetry readings, showcasing the artistic side of local culture.
Some local dishes available are Cao Lau (a famous Hoi An dish with rice noodles, pork and fresh vegetables), Banh Bao (steamed dumplings filled with pork, mushrooms and other goodies), Banh Xoai (mango cake) and also Xi Ma (a unique black sesame pudding). All street foods are worth a try and for the cheap price, it would be silly not to at least once!
5. Travel Tips
- Although all times of year to enjoy the Hoi An Lantern Festival are great, the biggest celebration will be in February which is the first full moon of the lunar new year.
- If you enjoy photography, this is one of the best opportunities you will have in Vietnam to take stunning photos. Bring along your camera and enjoy the luminous glow of the Lantern Festival as the lights shimmer from the river.
- Home-made lanterns will be sold for around 10-20,000VND (.5-1$USD) each.
The colorful, lantern-filled evening at the Hoi An Lantern Festival is one of the most magical experiences you will have in Vietnam, make sure you don’t miss it!
If you have any questions regarding the Hoi An Lanter Festival or regarding your travels in Vietnam, please feel free to contact our friendly staff who will be more than happy to help you.
|Year||Month||Hoi An Lantern Festival Dates|
|2019||September||September 12th, 2019|
|2019||October||October 12th, 2019|
|2019||November||November 10th, 2019|
|2019||December||December 9th, 2019|
|2020||January||January 8th, 2020|
|2020||February||February 7th, 2020|
|2020||March||March 7th, 2020|
|2020||April||April 6th, 2020|
|2020||May||May 6th, 2020|
|2020||June||June 5th, 2020|
|2020||July||July 4th, 2020|
|2020||August||August 3rd, 2020|
|2020||September||September 1st, 2020|
|2020||October||October 30th, 2020|
|2020||November||November 28th, 2020|
|2020||December||December 28th, 2020|
|2021||January||January 26th, 2021|
|2021||February||February 25th, 2021|
|2021||March||March 26th, 2021|
|2021||April||April 25th, 2021|
|2021||May||May 25th, 2021|
|2021||June||June 23rd, 2021|
|2021||July||July 23rd, 2021|
|2021||August||August 21st, 2021|
|2021||September||September 20th, 2021|
|2021||October||October 19th, 2021|
|2021||November||November 18th, 2021|
|2021||December||December 17th, 2021|
|2022||January||January 16th, 2022|
|2022||February||February 14th, 2022|
|2022||March||March 16th, 2022|
|2022||April||April 14th, 2022|
|2022||May||May 14th, 2022|