Once a month, on the eve of the full moon, downtown Hoi An turns off all its streetÂ lights and basks in the mellow glow of silk lanterns. Shopkeepers don traditionalÂ outfits; parades, folk opera and martial arts demonstrations flood the cobbled streets;Â and the riverside fills with stalls selling crabmeat parcels, beanpaste cakes and noodleÂ soup. Itâ€™s all done for tourists of course - and some find it cloyingly self-conscious -Â but nevertheless this historic little central Vietnam town oozes charm, with the monthlyÂ Full Moon Festival just part of its appeal.
Nguyen Tieu festival is held on the fisrt full moon day of the lunar new year which has many spiritual meanings to the people of Há»™i An. It is an opportunity for the local people to express their respect to the ancestors and pray for a peaceful and prosperous new year. This day is also considered as a blessing days when the gods come to bless all the people. With such belief, the people of Há»™i An always celebrate worshipping ceremony and decorate their house on this occasion.
March 16 - 20, 2011. Hoi An City, Socialist Republic of Vietnam