Set in a pagoda that enshrines the ashes of a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, the Thay Pagoda Festival honors a man who bequeathed many gifts to his people. His merits included wise propagation of religion, treatment of illnesses and the invention of water puppetry. Dying after an extended meditative trance, the monk was honored with a pagoda built on top of his ashes.
Today, the festival is an excuse for visitors to go hiking amidst the scenic hills around the temple, but is marked chiefly by a procession that leaves and returns to Thay Pagoda. Location: Quoc Oai district, Hanoi province.