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5 annual festivals in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is a vibrant, young, dynamic city and the largest economic center in Vietnam. Not only that, Ho Chi Minh City is also home to many Chinese, Khmer people so the city boasts a cultural diversity. So festivals in Ho Chi Minh are meaningful and distinctive which can’t be faded in the heart of this busy, modern city.

1. Ong Dia Temple Festival

Ong Dia Temple Festival takes place on the 2nd of February of lunar calendar annually at 125 Le Loi Street, Ward 3, Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City.

Ong Dia Temple Festival
Ong Dia Temple Festival

Ong Dia Temple was organized to worship the Goddess of the Holy Land with other folk gods. It can be said that this is a typical festival in Ho Chi Minh City and the South with traditional rituals. Particularly, there are dance performances and tuong performance (a type of Vietnamese southern traditional opera).

2. Phan Cong Hon temple festival

The festival is held 25th of February of lunar calendar annually in Ba Diem Commune, Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City.

Phan Cong Hon temple festival
Phan Cong Hon temple festival

Phan Cong Hon temple was held in honor of Phan Cong Hon, the leader of the people of 18 Vuon Trau hamlets, who bravely attacked the district headquarters in 1885. The death anniversary is performed in accordance with the ritual. Many people and tourists come to the festival.

3. The Thien Hau Pagoda Festival

Thien Hau Pagoda Festival takes place on March 23rd of lunar calendar at 710 Nguyen Trai, District 3.

Thien Hau Pagoda Festival
Thien Hau Pagoda Festival

Ba Thien Hau Pagoda, also known as Ba Cho Lon Pagoda, is the most ancient pagoda of the Chinese in Cholon, Ho Chi Minh City. The Thien Hau pagoda festival is the gathering place for many Vietnamese – Chinese living here. Thien Hau pagoda festival is held to worship Thien Hau with her filial piety, sacrifice for everyone. There are many people coming to participate, praying for peace in believing that she will help them overcome all obstacles and difficulties.

4. Ong Pagoda Festival

The Ong Pagoda Festival is held every June 24th on the Lunar calendar. People 676 – 678 Nguyen Trai Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh.

Ong Pagoda is also known as Quan Tu Temple or Nghia An Hoi Quan. It is a pagoda with the bold architecture of the late 19th century and early 20th century. Ong Pagoda is a place of worship and praying of the Chaozhou Chinese in Saigon. The temple worships Guan Gong – a character of the Three Kingdoms and many other gods in the belief of the Chinese.

Ong Pagoda Festival
Ong Pagoda Festival

Ong Pagoda festival includes many rituals such as incense offering, statues washing, lion dancing, singing with wishes for health and peace, …

5. Nghinh Ong Festival (The Fisherman’s Festival)

Nghinh Ong Festival often takes place from 15 to 17 lunar of the eighth lunar month. The Fisherman’s Festival is held in 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. During Nghinh Ong Festival, the fishermen do not go out to sea and pray to wish for good things such as being able to catch many shrimp and fish, prosperity, happiness and longevity.

Nghinh Ong Festival
Nghinh Ong Festival

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