One of the greatest attractions in the Northwest of Vietnam is Ban flowers (mountain ebony flowers) – a very beautiful and unique kind of flower you can only see in this area. Like the Japanese having cherry blossom festival, Thai ethnic people also hold a festival to celebrate Ban flowers.
Let’s enjoy a wonderful Vietnam festival tour with Ban flowers festival and enjoy a spectacular view of Ban forests in the Northwest of Vietnam.
1. Time to visit
When spring comes, Ban flowers bloom and drape a carpet of white upon all the forests, villages and fields. Annually, in the lunar February 5th, Ban Flower Festival is held in Northwestern Vietnam by Thai ethnic people to appreciate this pretty kind of flowers, express their honor and gratitude to the heroes, gods, and ancestors, and pray for peace, wealth, health, abundant crops, happiness and so on. In this time, the weather is really ideal for a nice Vietnam festival tour, it’s warm and there are some sudden drizzles. Let’s come and enjoy this interesting festival in Vietnam.
Ban flowers in March
Ban flower is the symbol of faithfulness in love. Visiting this festival, tourists can not only enjoy a wonderful view of the Northwestern Vietnam when all the villages, forests, fields, and each garden are covered with a pure white color, but also take part in many exciting entertaining activities, such as watching music and dancing performances, participating in traditional games, eating ethnic traditional dishes, wine, etc.
You can also learn many beautiful traditional songs, dances, watch ethnic people cooking, dancing, playing and performing, etc. Many exciting activities in the festival are crossbow shooting, marathons, playing volleyball, making Day cakes, throwing “con” balls, drinking “can’ wine, teetering, “ken” performing (a traditional musical instrument of the Northwestern ethnic people), etc.
Children in color outfits in the festival
There are many beauty contests during the festival, which are held in different places named “Miss Ban Flower”. Visiting this festival, you’ll see the most beautiful Northwestern ethnic women, who are considered as not only beautiful but also laborious, skillful, clever and faithful like pretty Ban flowers. You can visit the traditional cultural space where a lot of ethnic items and products are exhibited, such as antiquities, daily necessaries of ethnic families, crafts, bamboo products, brocades, etc.
Beautiful women in Ban flowers festival
Moreover, you can also participate in an interesting contest name “Riding bicycle carrying heavy packs”. Each team of 3 people wearing traditional clothes of ethnic people or Vietnamese volunteers in wars will ride, push a bike carrying packs of 150 kilograms of victuals and pass a 700-meter slope, from the Main Road 279 to Victory Monument of Dien Bien Phu.
3. The process of the festival
Ban flower festival takes place in 3 days. The ceremony is jubilant, dignified, respectfully procession when people express their respect to the heaven and the earth gods, the supernatural forces, heroes, and ancestors. In the rest time, participants can enjoy in interesting activities, contests, games, etc.
Music performances in the festival
From the early morning, the sound of drums, gongs resonate throughout the mountains, forests, fields, and villages. Fire is lit up in big stoves, and on these stoves, a lot of delicious foods are made. They cook sticky rice, boil chicken, cook young bamboo, many families even kill pigs for pork. Guests will be welcomed with “can” wine in big or small jars. Boys, girls, single men, and women in colorful outfits will date in beautiful white forests of Ban flowers. There, they will pick the most beautiful Ban flowers for their beloved people like lover or parents. After the festival, many may become the couple and get married.
Especially, in the joyful atmosphere of these days, people will gather around campfire and dance together nights after nights. Among poetry Ban forests, the sound of many songs of love performed by young couples mixed the sound of flute, birds, streams and all the forest, making a wonderful festival. Due to these elements, Ban festival would bring you an impressing Vietnam festival tour.
Visit Ban forest in Northwestern Vietnam in spring
There are many other attractions that will enchant you in Ban flower festival. Don’t just listen, let’s come and enjoy this unique festival in Vietnam.