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Hoi An's Full Moon Festivals for 2013

Famous Full Moon Festival:
First thing to note is it's not like the full moon parties in Thailand. Ok? For Hoian it is an opportunity to show off their heritage and culture. The Full Moon Festival is held on every 14th day of the lunar month. Hoi-An old town shuts down to motorised vehicles and the laterns come out!

Here are the Full Moon Festival dates for 2013:Lanterns alight on Full Moon Night

25 January 2013 21 July 2013
23 February 2013 19 August 2013
25 March 2013 18 September 2013
23 April 2013 18 October 2013
23 May 2013 16 November 2013
22 June 2013 15 December 2013

Under the light of the full moon, Hoian becomes one big centre stage where all the locals & tourists come out and participate in reviving the golden days of prosperity and folklore with music, plays & parties. They shut down the streets in the old town to all motorbikes, so it's safe to roam around and gaze at the lovely shop fronts full of brightly coloured lanterns. Great time to have a meal in one of the many open restaurants. Very romantic!

Small kid wearing a autumn festival maskMore of the important festivals celebrated in Hoi An are listed below. Some of the dates are vague because they are based on the lunar calendar.

Feb 09-14 2013: Tet Festival (Vietnam New Year)
April 30: Liberation Day (Liberation of Saigon '75)
Mid July: All Souls Day (Pray for wandering souls)
September 02: National Day (Hochi's speech '45)
October 01-09: Autumn Festival (Dragon Dancing)

To find more about Hoi An full moon festivals visit the Hoi An Heritage site.

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