Get a real taste for Vietnamese culture at the Thu Bon Festival where celebrations are held in honour of Madam Thu Bon.
- When? 28th March 2018
- Where? Hội An, Vietnam
- Price: Free
This traditional festival of the Champa civilisation honours Madam Thu Bon who is also known as Lady Bo Bo. A woman with two names is a woman worth honouring.
Lady Bo Bo was believed to have extraordinary healing powers in which she used the leaves and roots of different plants to treat diseases. It was also thought that she helped a female villager through a difficult childbirth by merely touching her stomach, causing the woman to immediately give birth. If only Lady Bo Bo was around nowadays to save women hours of painful labour.
On the 12th day of the second month of the lunar calendar, the Champa people head for Madam Thu Bon’s Palace in the Duy Tan commune, Duy Xuyên District. A vibrant atmosphere is created through traditional games, dancing, singing and vehicular processions. Locals gather together at the Thu Bon temple for a worshipping ceremony, offering incense to the shrine of Madam Thu Bon before the boat races, human chess (bai choi) and tugs of war take place to commemorate the agricultural and fishing contributions of Lady Bo Bo.
The festivities continue on into the evening with a torch parade ceremony and lantern festival lighting up the night for tourists and locals to carry on partying.
Local legends of reincarnation most likely arose from the achievements. So now you know, you can't have a festival in your honour just because you have two names, even if it is as 'cool' as Lady Bo Bo.
- Get there: It's a 45 minute drive to Fly to Hội An from Danang International Airport (DAD).
- Stay: Find accommodation in Hội An to be nearby.
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