Thousands of Buddhist followers and tourists from all over the country gathered at Huong Son landscape complex in Huong Son commune, My Duc district, Hanoi to participate in the Huong Pagoda Festival. This festival is the longest running of its kind in Vietnam, taking place from the 6th day of the first lunar month to the third lunar month every year.

Since the third day of the first lunar month, the Huong Son landscape complex has already received over 100,000 visitors. The journey to Huong Pagoda is seen as a spiritual pilgrimage to the Buddhist Land, where the Goddess of Mercy resides. Visitors can explore pagodas, temples, and caves, and take part in religious ceremonies to seek blessings from Lord Buddha.

On the same day, the UNESCO-recognized Giong festival also commenced. This festival is held annually from the seventh to the ninth day of the first lunar month to honor Saint Giong, a local hero who sacrificed his life to protect the country from invaders. The festival features processions, rituals, and performances. In 2010, UNESCO acknowledged the Giong festival held at Phu Dong Temple and Soc Temple in Hanoi’s Soc Son district as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Moreover, the Bai Dinh Pagoda Festival started as part of the celebrations for the 10th anniversary of the Trang An Landscape Complex in Ninh Binh province. This complex is recognized as a World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site.

Additionally, the 1,984th anniversary of the Hai Ba Trung (Trung Sisters) Uprising was commemorated with a ceremony at the Hai Ba Trung Temple special national relic site in Hanoi’s Me Linh district in the evening. The Hai Ba Trung Festival 2024 officially began during this special occasion.