Situated in the south of Halong Bay (Vịnh Hạ Long), Cat Ba Island (Đảo Cát Bà) is close to Hai Phong City (Hải Phòng) (about 30km far away from Hai Phong City’s center). Among 1969 islands in Halong Bay, Cat Ba island is seen as the largest island. Because of the picturesque landscapes and attractiveness features, it is right for not only Vietnamese people but also international tourists to call it the “Pearl of the Gulf of Tonkin.” When should you visit this fantastic attraction? It depends on your time but the recommended time should be during the summer. It is because of not only good weather but also many cultural and traditional events held in the bay. One of the famous and meaningful events in Cat Ba that is worth a visit and exploration is the Cat Ba Fishing Village Festival. So, let’s find out which exciting things you can participate in this festive occasion.
Cat Ba Fishing Village Festival – The Cultural Traditional Event In Cat Ba Island
Celebrated on April 1 annually, the Cat Ba Fishing Village Festival in Vietnam is organized to commemorate the day Uncle Ho took a visit to this village in 1959. Nowadays, the organization of this event has more meanings as it represents the beginning of the growing fishing season for the fishermen and the opening time of the tourism season in Cat Ba.
There are many exciting activities and appealing competitions during this festive occasion, including windsurfing, swimming, and basket boat racing. Two extraordinary games of this event are Tug of Struggle and Dragon Dance. In Tug of Struggle, a hold of the game will divide competitors into two groups, and the task of members in each group is to pull the opponent’s boat to the opposite side.
Furthermore, an indispensable activity of that great festival is dragon boat racing on the sea. In this competition, the Cat Ba host team will compete with teams from all over the country. Each boat will hold between 22 and 26 members. Racing along 1km of the sea, boats have to finish 3 or 4 laps. The fastest boat of the competition will win and bring pride and honor to the team.
The new thing in the traditional Cat Ba Fishing Village Festival is the added competition between athletics for women on the 4000 m distance and one between athletics for men on the 6000 m distance.
The Fishing Village Festival in Cat Ba Island has a wide range of sports activities and competitions. These activities challenge and exercise individual patience, endurance, courage for the pride of the team, and physical health. Nowadays, Cat Ba people have expanded their actions on the event to attract both local and worldwide travelers to the island. This “Pearl of the Gulf of Tonkin” is the ideal destination for someone who wants to enjoy the romantic sand seashore, immerse in the fisher’s life, and learn native folks traditions and traditions of Cat Ba fishermen. Let’s take a trip to Cat Ba Island and participate in Cat Ba festivals. Thank you for reading my writing. For any questions, you can leave them below the post, and we will answer them as soon as we can. If you are interested in our articles, don’t forget to take a peek on Vina.com.