Festivals take place in Hoi An according to the lunar calendar with visitors welcome to join in the revelries. There are some celebrations that only take place in Hoi An and others that are countrywide.
It is worth trying to tie in your visit with one of the festivals in order to fully experience Hoi An.
Hoi An Legendary night
Hoi An Legendary Night is a colourful monthly festival unique to the town. This event is held on the 14th evening of every lunar month and during this festival, the city lights are shut off between 17:30 and 22:30 and the streets are lit up by an array of colourful lanterns.
Motor vehicles are not allowed in the city during this evening, which allows pedestrians to walk the streets care-free, enjoying the relaxing mood, cultural music, and atmosphere similar to ancient times. This night there are many activities and performances throughout the city.
Lunar New Year
Celebrated nationwide, the first days of the lunar New Year are very important. On these days, Hoi An inhabitants are involved in many activities and organize traditional cultural festivals.
Visitors can see performances of many traditional dances like the four noble-animal dance and the unicorn dance. Afterwards many people go to pagodas and shrines to pray for profit and wealth and pay visits to one another and enjoy traditional dishes.
On the 14th and 15th of the eight month of the lunar year, Hoi An organizes traditional cultural activities such as a Mid-Autumn Party to enjoy the moon-light and watch the unicorn dance, the procession of lanterns, and music and song competitions.
This festival is popular with children. Drumming, moon cakes and lion dances are all involved in this festival.