Tay Son Festival

Time:  The 5th day of the 1st lunar month.

Place: Tay Son Festival is held annually for seven days in Nghi Binh Commune, Tay Son District, Binh Dinh Province.

Characteristics: The festival is organized to honour the leaders of the Tay Son movement, Vietnamese hero Quang Trung in particular, and to celebrate the Ngoc Hoi - Dong Da victory in 1789 in which 290,000 Qing soldiers from China were defeated.

The main day of the festival is the 5th day of the 1st lunar month which is the second day of the festival. In addition to the traditional ceremony, the festival involves many cultural folk activities of the Vietnamese people, such as the Viet and the Ba Na. There are many martial art performances, such as playing with fighting sticks and quyen (a Vietnamese form of Kung Fu, a system of unarmed combat using the hands and feet as weapons).
Tay Son Festival. Photo: Internet
This festival features a drum competition in which 12 leather drums called the Tay Son fighting drums are played while an imitative battle is simultaneously acted out to relive the Tay Son movement that occurred many years ago in Binh Dinh Province.