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Hue closes first four seasons of festivity

Text & photos by Hieu Truong

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HCMC – The 2023 New Year countdown event on the night of December 31, 2022, in Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province, was also the closing event of Hue Festival 2022 that, for the first time, lasted all year round. After this event, the central province officially kicked off Hue Festival 2023, themed “Cultural heritage with integration and development,” with various programs lasting throughout the year.

Especially, 2023 marks the 30th anniversary of UNESCO’s recognition of the Complex of Hue Monuments as a site of world cultural heritage and the 20th anniversary of UNESCO’s recognition of Nha Nhac – elegant music – as an intangible cultural heritage. According to the organizing board, spring, summer, autumn, and winter festivals will include many attractive activities to celebrate such special events.

Let’s take a look at the impressive moments captured by the Weekly in the four seasons of festivity of Hue Festival 2022.

Spring: The ceremony of setting up cây nêu (a tall piece of bamboo with good luck messages) was held in January to ring in the Lunar New Year – PHOTO: HIEU TRUONG
Spring: Xa Tac Festival took place in February to pray for national peace and prosperity and good crops and people’s well-being – PHOTO: HIEU TRUONG
Summer: Hot air balloon performance at the end of June – PHOTO: HIEU TRUONG
Summer: Hue-style ao dai performance – PHOTO: HIEU TRUONG
Summer: Boats are seen on the Perfume River participating in Hon Chen Temple Festival – PHOTO: HIEU TRUONG
Summer: Hue-style traditional art show – PHOTO: HIEU TRUONG
Summer: Hue Lotus Festival – PHOTO: HIEU TRUONG
Autumn: A festival of Kylin, lion and dragon dance performance in Hue City – PHOTO: HIEU TRUONG
Winter: Thousands of people on December 31 got together in the center of Hue City to attend the countdown event to welcome the New Year of 2023 – PHOTO: HOANG LE
Winter: An impressive performance at the event – PHOTO: HOANG LE
Winter: The event attracted a lot of young people – PHOTO: HOANG LE
Winter: …and foreign guests – PHOTO: HOANG LE
Hue Festival 2023: Hue Festival 2023, for the second time, will take place throughout the year in Thua Thien Hue Province – PHOTO: HOANG LE

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