Festivals in Nha Trang

Khanh Hoa province has a rich history. Thousands of years ago Vietnamese people lived here. This is also one of the reason why it holds of a lot of ancient cultural festivals.

Am Chua Festival

The festival is held on April 24, lunar month to commemorate the Thien YA Na god, who is regarded as Lady Godness. Am Chúa Temple is on Dai An Mount in Diên Điền Commune of Diên Khánh District. According to legend, this is where the Goddess descended on the earth, lived together with an old firewood couple in her childhood. There is also a temple and statue of Lady Goddess dedicated here. The Festival consists of two parts: the rituals and the procession. After the traditional solemn rituals, there is an Offering flower Dance, Vãn Bà song, and other dances connecting to the legend of Thiên Yana performed here.

Thap Ba festival

Annually, it is held from the 20 to March 24 in the Ponagar Tower in Nha Trang city. This is the biggest festival in the region to commemorate the land of Mother Goddess (pronounced Cham language is Po Nogar).

According to the legend, she was the mother of the land, a symbol for survival of the species, etc.

The festival has two main parts: “Thay y” ritual (on March 20): in the ritual the god is changed  old clothes, the old crown, bathed in perfume leaves and replaced by new clothes and new crown. And the: Cau Cung” festival is on March 23, conducted in a solemn sense to pray the contribution of the Mother of the land with hope that people had a peace and happy life.

After the ritual is the procession.

Thap Ba festival attracts not only Vietnamese people, Cham people in Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, but also many people around the country.

The whale festival

This festival is associated with the legend Gia Long king, who was rescued by the whale at sea. Each year many local areas in Khanh Hoa celebrate this festival to remember Whale’s contribution. Ritual ceremony is the same as the ceremony in village in the northern delta provinces. During the procession, it has the “Ba Trao” and then the “Trau Van” singing.

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