Hanoi halts Perfume Pagoda festival
The notice of temporary suspension of the festival and banning visitors at Huong Son relic (Perfume Pagoda) was issued by My Duc district in Hanoi on January 25.
Huong Tich cave was crowded with visitors last March. Photo: Doan Bong
This is the second year in a row that the largest and longest festival in the North will not hold an opening ceremony or welcome visitors.
The My Duc district government said the preparations for the 2022 festival have been completed. But because of the complicated development of Covid-19 in Hanoi, the organization of the Perfume Pagoda festival is temporarily suspended until further notice.
According to the previous plan, the opening ceremony of Huong Pagoda Festival 2022 would have been held on January 6 and last for three months (from February 2 to the end of May 30).
Four days ago, the Hanoi Mayor issued a telegram requesting the suspension of festivals on Lunar New Year and crowded activities.
In addition to the Huong Pagoda festival, the annual Lunar New Year festivals in Hanoi include many big festivals such as the Ngoc Hoi - Dong Da Victory Celebration (January 5); Co Loa Festival (January 6); Hai Ba Trung - Me Linh Temple Festival (January 6). Currently, the districts where these festivals are held have not released official information about these festivals. However, it is highly likely that they will not be held.
Many spring festivals in the capital city of Hanoi will be halted as it is applying COVID-19 preventive measures.