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:
|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!
More 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.