Vietnam is a country that is abundant in cultural practices, such as ceremonies and celebrations, each of which has its own history and significance. Festivals and holidays play an important part in Vietnamese culture, and they offer insights into the norms and beliefs that are prevalent throughout the country. Through a partnership with Dong DMC Vietnam, you, as a travel professional, and your customers will have the opportunity to observe and take part in these joyous celebrations, thereby creating experiences and memories that will live with them forever.
Lunar New Year
Tet, also known as the Vietnamese New Year, is the most significant holiday in Vietnam and is observed on the first day of the lunar calendar. Tet is a time for getting together with family, honoring one's ancestors, and looking forward with hope and enthusiasm to the coming of a new year. In most cases, the preparations for Tet start a few weeks before the holiday itself, and include activities such as cleaning, decorating, and shopping for new clothing and presents. People travel to pagodas and temples all over the country to pray for health, wealth, and happiness during the Tet holiday.
During Tet, one of the most common traditions is to present unmarried adults and children with gifts of money thought to bring good luck. People believe that receiving the money, which is presented in red envelopes most of the time, will bring them fortune and happiness in the new year. The preparation and consumption of traditional foods, such as sticky rice cakes, dried fruits, and candied fruits, is another significant tradition that has been practiced for a long time. Dong DMC Vietnam is able to make arrangements for your clients to participate in Tet celebrations in major cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, where they will be able to gain a first-hand understanding of the customs and rituals associated with this holiday.
The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. The festival is a time for families to gather and celebrate the harvest season, while children carry colorful lanterns and enjoy mooncakes, a traditional pastry filled with sweet bean paste or lotus seed paste. The Mid-Autumn Festival also has a strong cultural significance, as it commemorates the legendary story of the moon goddess Chang'e and her husband Hou Yi.
In Vietnam, the Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated with dragon and lion dances, parades, and performances of traditional folk songs and dances. Dong DMC Vietnam can organize a visit to a local village, where your clients can experience the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations in a more intimate setting, interacting with locals and enjoying traditional food and activities.
Other Festivals and Holidays
In addition to Tet and the Mid-Autumn Festival, Vietnam has many other festivals and holidays throughout the year that offer a unique insight into the country's culture and history. For example, the Hung Kings Temple Festival, held in April, pays homage to Vietnam's legendary kings and heroes. The Hue Festival, held every two years in the former imperial capital of Hue, features traditional music, dance, and cuisine, as well as performances by international artists.
The Tet Nguyen Dan, or Southern Tet, is celebrated in the south of Vietnam and has its own unique customs and traditions, such as the making of banh tet, a savory rice cake wrapped in banana leaves. The Cau Ngu Festival, held in coastal provinces such as Binh Thuan and Khanh Hoa, honors the sea gods and seeks to ensure a bountiful harvest of fish and seafood.
Partnering with Dong DMC Vietnam can give you and your clients access to these and other festivals and holidays, allowing them to experience the rich cultural heritage of Vietnam in a meaningful and authentic way.
In conclusion, Vietnam's festivals and holidays offer a fascinating glimpse into the country's customs, traditions, and beliefs. From the exuberant celebrations of Tet to the colorful lanterns and mooncakes of the Mid-Autumn Festival, each festival has its own unique history and significance. Partnering with Dong DMC Vietnam can provide travel professionals with a chance to offer their clients an immersive and authentic experience of these cultural celebrations, creating unforgettable memories.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to become a B2B partner with Dong DMC and offer your clients the best possible travel experiences in Vietnam