Elaborating on its decision, the ministry said some local festivals have recently been criticized for their violent and offensive content.
Meanwhile, a lack of legal documentation governing the organization of festivals has posed a challenge to authorities in cracking down on them, the ministry pointed out.
In its upcoming draft decree, the ministry will look to sort current and future festivals into four categories, which are traditional festivals; festivals celebrating historical and revolutionary events; culture, sports and tourism festivals; and festivals originating from other countries.
For traditional festivals, organizers will be required to notify relevant authorities at least 20 days prior to their commencement.
Other festivals will require a permit, and only those without brutal rituals or violence will be allowed.
Applications for a permit must include historical evidence of the origin of the festival, according to the ministry’s plan.
No more than two donation boxes will be allowed at each worshipping site inside any festival ground to avoid commercialization of the traditional activity.
Adequate numbers of restrooms and garbage collection points must also be made available to put up with the expected number of participants.
If the plan is approved by the government, Ninh Thi Thu Huong, a culture official, said.
“The ministry would soon welcome public and expert feedback on the decree’s first draft as early as the end of this year,” Huong added.