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Top 5 most special year-end festivals in the Northwest

Festivals in the Northwest mountains always bring a joyful and bustling atmosphere with many lively folk games and unique customs. In each region in Vietnam Customized Tours, each festival has its own characteristic, but always towards a noble purpose. At the end of the year in the North is probably the most beautiful season of the year with cool weather and fresh air. This is the right time for tourists to both visit the beautiful scenery and discover and learn about the culture and lifestyle of the highland people.

Top 5 most special year-end festivals in the Northwest

1. Mu Cang Chai terraced field festival

The Muong Lo Culture and Tourism Festival and the discovery of the National Scenic Landscape of Mu Cang Chai terraced fields in 2023 will take place in September 2023 (expected to take place in 1 week). Mid-September to early October is the most beautiful time for rice in Mu Cang Chai, no matter where you are, you can see the golden terraced fields spreading across the hills.

Mu Cang Chai terraced field festival
(Mu Cang Chai terraced field festival)

Special activities must be mentioned such as a photo exhibition on Mu Cang Chai terraced fields and the cultural identity of the Mong ethnic group, a local specialty highland market, a goat fighting festival, etc. There are also activities to experience with people on terraced fields in communes (La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha, Nam Khat) and traditional music activities of the Mong ethnic group on Saturday and Sunday evenings. of the week of the festival. And the most attractive is the Mu Cang Chai paragliding festival "Flying in the golden season". This is the highlight that creates a special attraction for the festival in Mu Cang Chai in the vast space of majestic mountains.

2. Ban Gioc Waterfall Festival, Cao Bang

Ban Gioc Waterfall is one of the beautiful and majestic natural waterfalls ranked in the top 10 most majestic waterfalls in the world voted by Touropia magazine, and top 5 waterfalls with many legends by the Vietnam Record organization. voted. Besides tourism growing and expanding, Ban Gioc Waterfall tourism festival is also an attraction for tourists to visit Cao Bang land. This year, the festival is held in 2 days, October 13-14, 2023, organized by the People's Committee of Trung Khanh district, Cao Bang province.

Ban Gioc Waterfall Festival, Cao Bang
(Ban Gioc Waterfall Festival, Cao Bang)

Visitors can go to Phat Tich Truc Lam Ban Gioc Pagoda to perform ritual activities such as procession of sacred water, pray for national peace and prosperity, etc. After that, visitors participate in games, perform folk art, discover culinary culture, exhibit art works,... This trip will surely make visitors to Vietnam Private Tours extremely excited.

Read more: Where to go to Cao Bang in Vietnam Customized Tours?

3. Buckwheat Flower Festival in Ha Giang

Buckwheat Flower Festival is held annually with the meaning of honoring Ha Giang's typical flowers and cultural heritage values. This year's festival is expected to open on Saturday, November 3, 2023 in the anticipation of many tourists. Coming to the Buckwheat Flower Festival, visitors not only enjoy the beauty of buckwheat flowers but also experience the culture and meet with the ethnic people. Not only friendly and rustic, they also welcome visitors very enthusiastically. The simple scenery along with the people of Ha Giang are the reasons why tourists cannot forget the memories when visiting this place.

Buckwheat Flower Festival in Ha Giang
(Buckwheat Flower Festival in Ha Giang)

Buckwheat flowers begin to bloom in late September, early October until November. In the past, this flower was grown mainly for seeds, as a reserve food for people in the winter. This is also one of the popular specialties of Ha Giang. Buckwheat flower cake is crispy and spongy, with a slightly pungent taste of forest trees. You can find buckwheat flower fields in Hoang Su Phi, Pho Cao, Sung La, Dong Van, and Lung Cu districts.

Read more: The top attractions to visit in Ha Giang

4. Sapa Autumn Festival in Lao Cai

Sapa Autumn Festival is usually held in late August-early September every year and lasts for about 1 month. Coming to the festival, visitors will enjoy the traditional cultural and artistic performances of the ethnic groups such as: dance, flute, stick dance, etc. In addition, visitors will learn about life, culture and experience the services of ethnic groups: the way of dyeing indigo, embroidering patterns on traditional clothes, bathing with medicine of the Red Dao people. In particular, visitors can enjoy delicious dishes typical of ethnic groups: Thang Co horse, grilled stream fish, grilled pork armpit, five-color sticky rice, etc.

Sapa Autumn Festival in Lao Cai
(Sapa Autumn Festival in Lao Cai)

Autumn is the season of golden terraced fields, the harvest festival of ripe rice is bustling everywhere from the distant mountains to the valleys along the road. Coming to Sapa in this season, visitors not only can live in cool and pleasant weather, but also enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Visitors can also visit famous Sapa tourist attractions in Vietnam Customized Tours such as Fansipan Peak, Ham Rong Mountain, Muong Hoa Valley,...

5. Fire Dance Festival Pa Then

Every year from the 16th day of the 10th lunar month, the shamans in the village will open the sacred and mysterious Fire Dance Festival. The Fire Dance Festival of the Pa Then ethnic group is a ceremony to give thanks to heaven and earth and to the gods for giving the Pa Then people good crops, wishing for all luck, favorable rain and wind, and bountiful harvests. .. This is a traditional cultural activity in the community of the Pa Then ethnic group, a testament to the strength, the process of labor, and the control of nature for human survival and development.

Fire Dance Festival Pa Then
(Fire Dance Festival Pa Then)

The ceremony is held in a large communal courtyard in the village and a bonfire is burning in the middle. Participants in the fire dance will take turns jumping into the embers, using both hands and bare feet to destroy until the fire burns. The special thing is that after jumping into the fire, their limbs are not burned, painful or scratched. This is a very special ritual that visitors want to see once in a lifetime.

Read more: 6 notes when traveling to the Northern Mountains in Vietnam

Only by participating in the Northwest Autumn Festival will we feel its uniqueness and charm. This is not only an opportunity for you to play entertaining games, but it also helps you better understand the unique traditions and customs of the local people. Through information about festivals in the Northwest, you must be very excited to join Vietnam Private Tours, right?

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