Nghia An Hoi Quan Festival

Nghia An Hoi Pagoda, situated at 678 Nguyen Trai St., in District 5, is dedicated to Quan Cong, an eminent Chinese man, and other spirits.

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Duration of festival : 15th of the 1st lunar month and 24th of the 6th lunar month

Every year, the Hoa people, numerous Viet (Kinh) people, and other visitors from distant provinces, take part in the two festivals. On the 14th day of the 1st lunar month, unicorn, lion and dragon dance groups perform for audiences on the large field in front of the pagoda. According to custom, only vegetarian offerings are made to Quan Cong, while the other spirits are offered dishes containing meat. Following the worshipping ceremonies, there are artistic activities on the grounds of the pagoda asting for a few nights. This festival aims to glorify and to demonstrate the admiration of the Hoa community for Lord Quan Cong.