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Captivating moments at Hue Festival

Text & Photos by Hoang Le

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For over 24 years, the Hue Festival has captivated visitors from around the world, drawing domestic and international guests to its enchanting events.

What makes 2023 particularly remarkable is that it marks the second consecutive year in which the Hue Festival was celebrated throughout the year, departing from its traditional periodic format. This extended celebration featured a diverse array of cultural and entertainment activities aimed at showcasing the unique heritage of this ancient capital.

Notably, 2023 also commemorated the 30th anniversary of UNESCO’s recognition of the Hue Monuments Complex as a World Cultural Heritage site and the 20th anniversary of Hue Royal Court music being acknowledged as a Masterpiece of the Intangible and Oral Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Let’s revisit some of the most memorable moments from the Hue Festival 2023.

The grand opening ceremony of the Hue Traditional Craft Festival 2023 in April
Enchanting stilt-walking performances by Belgium’s art group on the streets of Hue City in April
Vibrant kylin and dragon dances on Truong Tien Bridge, one of Hue’s iconic landmarks, in April
An international music extravaganza held within the walls of Hue’s Citadel in May
A captivating street parade in May to celebrate Buddha’s birthday
A spectacular show commemorating the 30th anniversary of UNESCO’s recognition of the Hue Monuments Complex as a World Cultural Heritage site and the 20th anniversary of Hue Royal Court music’s recognition as a Masterpiece of the Intangible and Oral Cultural Heritage of Humanity in June
Honoring individuals who have successfully promoted Hue’s local lotus flowers in June
The “Hue’s Ao Dai – Tales from the River” program, a highlight of the annual Hue Festival 2023, held on the evening of August 12 in Hue City
A thrilling jogging tournament in August
A mesmerizing lantern show in September, coinciding with the Mid-Autumn Festival
The countdown to welcome the New Year of 2024, marking the grand finale of Hue Festival 2023
The Ban Soc (Calendar Distribution) Ceremony of the Nguyen Dynasty, signifying the commencement of Hue Festival 2024, which will also unfold throughout the year

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