Cau Ngu Festival in Hue

Around Vietnam Lunar New Year, Vietnamese people hold many festivals in different regions. One of the most interesting festivals is “Cau Ngu” that held in Thua Thien Hue Province. It is considered the biggest festival of fishermen in Thua Thien Hue. This romantic province has been the most attractive destination to many domestic tourists as well as foreign tourists coming from all over the world when they travel to Vietnam.

When and where the festival will take place?

“Cau Ngu” or “Ca Ong” festival. “Ca Ong” means "He" is the respect name that the fishermen call the whale that often helps them avoid accidents when fishing in the sea. From the past, the Vietnamese think that whales are not ordinary fish, they are God. They have thoughts, feelings, and especially the feeling and spirit as people.

This festival is annually held on 12th January in Thai Duong Ha Village, Huong Hai Commune, Thuan An Town, Phu Vang District, Thua Thien Hue Province. The purpose of festival is to memorize the person who found out the fishery for people in the coastal plains.


This festival includes 2 main parts, solemn rituals, along with various exciting cultural and sporting activities.

At the beginning, the solemn rituals will be held to honour the God of the Sea and to pray for peace, happiness and prosperity throughout the year, as well as for a successful fishing season ahead.

Solemn rituals

In addition, there will be several exciting competitions such as fishing net knitting, tug-of-war, and coracle racing. These competitions have existed for a long time in Vietnam history. These activities bring the animation to the festival and show the united of Vietnamese people.


Racing Boat Competition


Tug- of - War Competition


Racing Round Boat


Fishing Net Knitting Competition

We hope that with some given interesting information about the festival, the tourists can know more about our country, the places of interest as well as the culture of Vietnam. For further information about tourism, you can read in our website.

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