Hoi An Lantern Festival or also called Hoi An full moon festival is a nice traditional event in Hoi an. Hoi an in generally and Hoi an ancient town in particular is a well-known tourist destination for not only domestic but also tourists from on over the world. Besides being famous for old town, delicious dishes and good tailors, Hoi an is also considered as a heaven of lantern with many kinds, shapes and sizes of colorful lanterns. Hoi an has become the most popular destination in Vietnam for travelers to see the lantern, learn to make the lantern by themselves, and especially to enjoy the full moon lantern festival Hoi an.

Many kinds of Lanterns in Hoi an - Hoi an full moon Festival 2022
Many kinds of Lanterns in Hoi an – Hoi an full moon Festival 2022

When is the Hoi An Lantern Festival?

Traditionally, The Hoi An Lantern Festival is held monthly, on the 14th day of the lunar calendar to celebrate the full moon.  The full moon is as a time to meditate, observe rituals, reflect on life and honor deceased relatives and ancestors.

Hoi An Lantern Festival dates 2022 ( in Solar Calendar):

  • Quarter 1: January 16th, February 14th (the biggest celebration), March 16th
  • Quarter 2: April 14th, May 14th, June 14th
  • Quarter 3: July 13th, August 12th, September 10th
  • Quarter 4: October 9th, November 8th, December 8th

Hoi An Lantern Festival dates 2023 ( in Solar Calendar):

  • Quarter 1:  January 5th, February 4th, March 5th
  • Quarter 2: April 4th, May 3rd, June 1st
  • Quarter 3: July 1st, July 31th, August 29th, September 28th
  • Quarter 4: October 28th, November 26th, December 26th
The full moon lantern festival Hoi An 2022
The full moon lantern festival Hoi An 2022

The activities in Hoi An lantern festival?

Full moon lantern festival Hoi an often starts at dusk and finishes between 9pm and 10pm. It is in the area between the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Cau An Hoi Bridge, which connects Hoi An with An Hoi, and spills onto the surrounding street and river banks. At 8pm, all the houses in the area will turn off their electricity, and just allow soft lights from silk lanterns to illuminate the houses and streets instead. The colorful lights from the lanterns make the town become very magical and sparkling.

One of the activities in this festival is releasing lantern on the river. Even though it has some affects on the environment, this is said to bring good fortune and love. Locals and tourists also release lantern to hope for happiness and health. Besides this, there are also other activities such as Bai Choi, Boat ride, ..

Releasing lantern on the river in Lantern Festival
Releasing lantern on the river in Lantern Festival

Nowadays, lanterns become very popular. They are lit every night and everywhere in Hoi An. Therefore, even you can’t be in Hoi an on the full moon dates above, you can still feel a part of it every night.

To visit Hoi An and see this festival, you can take a car from Da nang airport to Hoi an. If you have a few days in Hoi An, you can use Hoi An car rental with driver from our service which helps you be able to explore central of Viet Nam with amazing experiences and some promotions. Do not miss this beautiful town and do not forget to check the full moon day to see the lantern festival. We believe that it will be a very memorable experience for your holiday in Vietnam.

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