Full-moon celebrations at pagodas

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Hoa Nghi and An Nguyen

Visitors are seen at Ba Chua Xu Pagoda at the foot of Sam Mountain in Chau Doc City, An Giang Province – PHOTO: AN NGUYEN

One of the biggest festivals is the full-moon celebration, mostly at pagodas.

Since the 13th of the first lunar month, which was Tuesday, Thu Dau Mot Town in Binh Duong Province, which borders HCMC, has attracted a lot of visitors from other cities and provinces to come and celebrate the first full moon on the 15th day of the lunar calendar.

Organizers at Ong Ngua Pagoda give li xi (lucky money) to visitors and prepare free meals for them, while dozens of dragon and kylin dance troupes perform to celebrate the event.

At other pagodas in the town such as Ba Binh Duong, Ba Thien Hau and Ba Bung Cau, visitors can see activities including procession, dragon and kylin dances, and singing.

A kylin dance performance at Ong Ngua Pagoda in Binh Duong Province – PHOTO: NGUYEN HUE NGHI

Apart from the pagodas in Binh Duong, one can also visit Ba Chua Xu Pagoda at Sam Mountain in Chau Doc City in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang. It takes 7 to 9 hours to travel from HCMC to Sam Mountain either by coach or motorbike.

After visiting the pagoda, one can try climbing the mountain which is around 400 meters high. On the way to the top, climbers can rest to enjoy bun rieu cua (rice vermicelli soup served with crab) and the stunning views of paddy fields, rivers, and lakes below.

On the way back, mountain climbers can take a thrilling motorbike ride at VND20,000 each to go down the steep mountain slope.

At the foot of the mountain, a lot of specialties of Chau Doc City are available, with banh bo thot not, a Vietnamese sponge cake made from flour and palm sugar, highly recommended.

Đăng ký: VietNam News