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Hoi An’s Full Moon Festivals

Hoi An’s Full Moon Festivals


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! This is a magical festival and gives you a glimpse of what life may have been like when Hoi An was a booming and affluent port 400 years ago.

Lanterns alight on Full Moon Night

Hoi An Full Moon Festival dates 2017 are listed below:

11 January 2017 07 July 2017
10 February 2017 05 August 2017
11 March 2017 04 September 2017
10 April 2017 03 October 2017
09 May 2017 02 November 2017
08 June 2017 01 December 2017

Hoi An Full Moon Festival dates 2018 are listed here:

14 January 2018 10 July 2018
13 February 2018 09 August 2018
14 March 2018 07 September 2018
13 April 2018 07 October 2018
12 May 2018 06 November 2018
11 June 2018 05 December 2018

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!


The Hoi An Lunar full moon festival activities recall the real life of Hoi An people over 4 centuries ago. Some groups of the Hoi an old men play the Chinese chess in front of their houses on the street, the local people & the young couples go around the city under the moonlight to feel their hope & enjoy the life. As you battle your way through the crowds on the street, you’ll be rewarded with bands playing bamboo flutes, drums and fiddles, as well as traditional games. On the banks of the Hoai River young men and women exchange folk songs. You will feel the life very worthy for living when you join the lunar lantern festival in Hoi An ancient town.

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 28 Jan 2017: 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)