Hoi An and lanterns are inseparable. The old town is beautifully lit at night by the hundreds of lanterns hanging through the streets. It creates a cozy, quiet atmosphere where you can walk around for hours. Once a month during the full moon, the city celebrates something special, namely the Lantern Festival.
Every 14th day of the ‘Lunar month’ the lights in the city go out and the Full Moon Lantern Festival takes place in Hoi An. During this tradition, the electricity goes out and this town is lit up with hundreds of colored lanterns. The river flows full of candles in small paper lanterns and the town turns from a tourist town into a magical fairytale.
Back to the lantern festival, because lighting the candles is not the only thing that happens on this day. On this evening the Vietnamese pay tribute to their ancestors. They do this by offering flowers, food, and incense at specially decorated altars. These altars can be found in people’s homes, but also in front of the shops on the street. This is preceded by a whole ritual and this ritual can also be seen at the Tet Festival.
So try to book your trip to Hoi An during the festival. This way you get a good impression of the city. Besides that, it is magical to see all those little candles lightning in the river. Also the rest of the year Hoi An is a great place to visit where you can walk around and stroll along with the shops. Of course, it is special to experience the lantern festival. If that doesn’t work out, don’t worry. Every night the lanterns are seen in the old city center, so enough opportunities for a nice picture.
Lantern Festival in 2020
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