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Full Moon Lantern Festival

Hoi An

Hoi An Full Moon Lantern Festival

March 27, 2017

The Hoi An Full Moon Lantern Festival is one of the must-see festivals in Hoi An, Vietnam.

The festival takes place in the UNESCO old town area where colourful candlelit lanterns decoratively light-up the streets. The festival is in the area between the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Cau An Hoi Bridge, which connects Hoi An with An Hoi, and spills onto the surrounding street and river banks.

Releasing a lantern, to float along the river is said to bring good fortune and love, and lanterns are traditionally released in the hope of happiness and health.

You can buy lanterns along the river from the local sellers where there are also pop up street food stands, souvenir stalls, and ancient games areas. The night market is busy and full of smiley, friendly faces.

The Hoi An Full Moon Lantern Festival is a stunning experience and you will have a great time with the colourful, lantern filled evening.


The Lantern Festival takes place on the 14th day of each lunar month and markets along the riverbanks get busy when the sun starts to set.

2020 Hoi An Lantern Festival dates:

7 February, 7 March, 6 April, 6 May, 5 June, 4 July, 3 August, 1 September, 30 October, 28 November, 28 December

2021 Hoi An Lantern Festival dates:

26 January, 25 February, 26 March, 25 April, 25 May, 23 June, 23 July, 21 August, 20 September, 19 October, 18 November, 17 December

2022 Hoi An Lantern Festival dates:

16 January, 14 February, 16 March, 14 April, 14 May

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