Festivals in spring are one of Vietnamese custom which not only shows the solidarity but also shows the culture of our ancestors.
According to a report of The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, there are over 8.000 festivals in our country every year. Every festival is the symbol of the culture of an ethnic group. However, there are some general topics that are shared between different festivals: the heroes who saved the nation, prevented disasters, or wars,…
To be grateful to one’s benefactor, festivals remind people of the heroes’ merit, become the bridge between past and present, make young generation proud of nations, and aware of the sacrifice of ancentors. Festivals specially are associated with the locals and their features, their belief such as: Lim festival, Yen The festival,…
Festivals in Vietnam often require strength and sporting spirit, such as: Crossbow competition, wrestling, running competition (Namdinh), … Some festivals are named after traditional games such as: elephant procession, cockfighting, buffalo fighting festival,…
Festivals of Vietnam are a part of the diversity of Vietnamese culture, which attracts many travellers. In days of spring, no villages don’t have any festivals. People are all happy.
Some festivals are famous: Hung temple (Phutho), Co Loa festival, Le Mat, Phu Dong in Hanoi, Lieu Doi festival (Hanam), … According to a report of The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of Vietnam, festivals in different places also share resemblance despite of space, or climate.
For example, many ethnic groups have Lunar new year, New year’s Eve, Latern festival, Ghost festival, Mid-year festival,… Tets of different ones are not at the same time, but share a general purpose, and meaning: Thanksgiving day, new rice celebration, … showing gratitude to Gods, ancestors, and wishes for new crops, and happy life.
Holding festivals means keeping the value of the nation’s culture. Wrong beliefs, and unsound customs should be banned. However, the real value will exist forever.
A spring is up to come in our country. I hope that festivals can keep its attraction, and unsound customs as well as society’s vice will be proscribed as soon as possible. Keeping and developing festivals can partly build the culture of Vietnam.
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