The UK-based roughguides has recently released its 20 unforgettable things to do at night on your travels. And it is a great pride for the Vietnamese in general and the local of Hoi an in particular when the name of Hoi An ancient town in the central province of Quang Nam was mentioned in the list. Apply for a Vietnam visa and join the festival if you come to this country.
Speaking about the Hoi An full moon festival, this UK travel site first compared to the Banish thoughts of glow paint ravers on crowded Thai beaches, and it concluded that “Hoi An’s full moon festival is a much more sophisticated affair. Every month on the fourteenth day of the lunar calendar, the town switches off its street lights as glowing silk lanterns, performers and food stalls fill the cobbled streets and the Thu Bon River is lit up with beautiful floats”.
This full moon festival features activities recalling the real life of Hoi An people centuries ago.
For the locals the night of the full moon is the time to honor their ancestors, setting up alters laden with fruit, flowers, candles and incense outside homes and businesses, and burning votive paper as offerings in exchange for good luck and prosperity.
The temples in town are awash with activity, monks hold candlelit ceremonies and the Fujian Assembly Hall on Tran Phu Street fills with local fishing families honoring Lady Thien Hau, the goddess of the sea who protects sailors from danger.
Hoi An was recognized by the UNESCO in 1999 as a World Cultural Heritage Site. The town sits on the ocean around 700 kilometers south of Hanoi. The nearest airport and train station are in Da Nang, a 30km drive away.