Hoi An to celebrate lunar New Year’s full moon day

Saturday, 2017-02-11 14:58:12
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Lanterns light up the ancient town of Hoi An during the first lunar month’s Full Moon Day festival. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA—A series of cultural activities will take place in the ancient town of Hoi An during the annual Nguyen Tieu (the full moon of the first lunar month of the year) Festival from February 12-15.

The city’s Culture and Sports centre said offerings had been prepared at all facilities, and the Old Quarter was adorned with ancient lanterns.

Ancestor worship will take place at the communal houses of Cam Pho, Japanese Bridge, Son Phong Temple, Ong Pagoda and Minh Huong Communal House from the early morning Sunday, while worship services will also take place at Fujian and Jiao Zhou clubs on the same day.

The festival is gradually becoming an annual rendez-vous for locals and tourists coming to see thousands of candlelit paper flowers light up the river during the Spring festival season.

Folk games and bai choi (a traditional Vietnamese game combining folk songs and choices from a deck of cards) will take place at the Cam Pho Communal House and Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street from 8 am to 9:30 pm on February 12.

A bai choi contest for kids and a photo exhibition, entitled “A Corner of Hoi An” will be set up at Hoai River Square on February 12-15.

The festival is the most important spiritual event of the year. Locals use the time to wish for a peaceful year with offerings of vegetables, rice, salt, wine, votive ancestral tablets and paper.