Quan The Am Festival was first organized in 1962, for the
inauguration of the Avalokiesvara Buddhisattava statue in
Hoa Nghiem cave at Thuy Son Mount, in the Marble
Mountains, Da Nang city.
The same year, the festival was reorganized in Kim Son
cave after the construction of the Quan The Am Pagoda on
the Kim Son Mount. Until 1991, this festival was organized
annually on a large scale and celebrations lasted for
three entire days.
The Quan The Am Festival consists of two parts: the
religious ceremony and the festival itself. The ceremony,
similar to Buddhist rituals, consists of flower offerings
and prayers. The Dharma-preaching sessions about
Avalokiesvara Buddhisattava and his motivation and
accomplishments are also very interesting.
Several cultural activities bearing national colors, such
as folk songs, chess playing, music, painting, carving,
lion dancing, offering lamps on the river, and classical
opera also take place.
The Quan The Am Festival is organized on the 19th day of
the second lunar month; this festival, as well as many
others, is held in an attempt to restore and promote the
traditional culture of Vietnam.