On the evening of Legendary Night , all kinds of vehicles are lifted off town and all the people, both Hoianians and visitors comfortably walk and enjoy themselves in a new world, the world of Tranquility, Peace, Poetry and Beauty.
Every lunar month, on the 14th day, there is a Legendary Night in Hoi An, when the Old Town is lit by the moon and houses are lit by graceful and colorful lanterns.
On this evening, all kinds of vehicles are lifted off town and all the people, both Hoianians and visitors comfortably walk and enjoy themselves in a new world, the world of Tranquility, Peace, Poetry and Beauty.
Here, in an old house, local poets are enjoying their own poems recited by some ladies in the melodious accompany of a 16-string long zither player. There, in the porch of a family chapel, the traditional orchestra is giving passers by beautiful tunes of the old days while young ladies are singing out sweet, lyrical folk songs.
Both enjoying Spring, folk songs and seeing the traditional cultural value of the nation respected. Bai Choi, the “in hut card game”, a sort of amusement in Spring attracts people of all ages of any social segment.
Poem recitation is a refined amusement of intellectuals in the old days. Round the table, they gossip some wine and enjoy the poem recited by some talented lady. Her melodious recitation held up by music makes all the participants high. Poetry and music harmonize thoroughly while time seems to stand still.
In the field or on the river, women and men often sing repartee chanties to drive away tiredness when they are working. It’s surprising that they can easily and excellently compose and sing the chanties right at the place. They are so quick minded, witty and clever that even the learned people must admire them to the heart and sometimes have to give up the repartee.
Very reduced, popular but also scholarly, Classical opera always wins the heart of the people in Central Viet Nam and plays an important role in their cultural and spiritual life. You can enjoy Quang Nam folk songs and folk dances, traditional concert, presentations of traditional musical instruments performed by Hoian people.