Sea Festival in Hai Phong

4th – 6th of the 1st lunar month

   This festival is organized at Tran Chau fishing village (Cat Ba). After the ceremony for the Water Spirit (Long Vuong), the commanding drum resounds and hundreds of shouting boys carrying oars begin running to their boats. One boy rows, while the other boy casts nets and beats a rhythm on the boat. The stronger and faster the beating, the more frightened the fish and likely to get caught in the net.

   Towards midday, a drum orders the boats to return. The boys carry their fish to the communal house yard where the elders of the village mark the competitors. Those who catch the biggest fish and the greatest number of fish are given prizes.

   The biggest fish is chosen to be grilled on a splendid fire; the remaining fish are distributed to all the people present.