Hoi An Lantern Festival is celebrated on the full moon days of the lunar month or traditional Tet. Lights in all houses, bars and restaurants are off. The whole neighborhood is engulfed in the light of the full moon and the lanterns. On the streets, vehicles are temporarily banned, only for pedestrians.

Tourists come to Hoi An on the night of the full moon as if living in the urban space of a busy international trading port during the 17th and 18th centuries. The festival is adorned with magical colors.

Hoi An Lantern Festival – annual traditional festival in Hoi An ancient town

This is one of the festivals of Hoi An is well known and attracts a large number of visitors to participate. On the 14th day of every lunar month, the old town becomes extraordinarily beautiful with the festival of the full moon night of Hoi An ancient town.

Exploring Hoi An Lantern Festival

Hoi An ancient town – Image: anniesbucketlist

At 18:00, the old rows of houses and lanterns were lit up again with bright light. Along the streets, the lights became obscured by the color of the lanterns on the window frames. The image of young people dropping the lantern with their wishes started to appear.

Somewhere, we will see people sitting on a small boat and dropping the lantern on the poetic Hoai River. This quiet pace of life will end at 22:00, giving way to the gloomy lights of street vendors.

What time does the Hoi An Lantern Festival start?

Hoi An Lantern Festival is a monthly event to celebrate the full moon. It is held on the 14th day of each lunar month when the moon is at its fullest and brightest.

Travel in Hoi An

Explore Hoi An ancient town – Image: .austinvietmartyrs.org


 January 8th, February 7th, March 7th, April 6th, May 6th,June 5th,

July 4th, August 3rd, September 1st, October 30th,  November 28th, December 28th.

What to do during Lantern Festival in Hoi An?

You seem to enter a completely different world. The old town is bustling with music activities, chess competitions, folk games, releasing  lantern, Bai Choi,… Cultural activities will be richer when other major holidays coincide with the full moon night such as:  dress-up festival, lion dance,..

In the performing area, the old-fashioned atmosphere and cultural pleasures of the folk festivals are vividly recreated by the people. 

Street food in Hoi An

Enjoy Quang noodles on Hoi An old street – Image: vtr.org.vn

You will also encounter local dishes such as Quang noodles, Cao Lau, sweet soup, banh Xoai (mango cake) or xi ma (black sesame pudding)… along the sidewalk by the bright oil lamp. The vendors, Bai Choi, night market that is next to the bank of the river making the old town more lively. 

Some tips when participate in Lantern  Festival 

Hoi An will be most beautiful from January to August. Tourists should be visit in January for the Hoi An Lantern Festival. The first full moon of our lunar new year is the biggest celebration. All vehicles will be banned in old town area during the festival, so make sure that you wear a high-quality pair of walking shoes.

Hoi An at nigth

Tourists take a boat on Hoai river – Image: davecochau

After finishing walking tour in the old town, tourists can take a short trip in the Hoai River by boat at just 5$. Besides, tourist can get lantern to drop on the river at 1-2$

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