Hung Kings Temple Festival celebrated nationwide  
18:11 | 19/04/2013

VGP - A series of activities are taking place nationwide to commemorate Hung Kings, known as the founders of Viet Nam, from the eighth to the eleventh day of the third lunar month.

 

Thousands of people flock to the Hung Kings Temple in the Northern midland province of Phu Tho to pay tributes to ancestors - Photo: VNExpress.net

The ritual part of the commemoration feature incense offerings to Lac Long Quan, the father of the Vietnamese people, and his fairy wife Au Co, the mother of the Vietnamese people, tributes to ancestors, and ceremonials to pray for peace and prosperity for the country and people.

The festive part is varied, ranging from cultural, music and sport activities, like Xoan singing, Chung “square rice cake’ and Day “round rice cake” making contests, to crossbow shooting and folk games to introduce Vietnamese distinctive culture to visitors to the event.

Last December, the worship of Hung Kings was honored by the UNESCO as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

This was the organization’s first recognition of an ancestral worship ritual as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

The worship of Hung Kings has been preserved and spread from generation to generation despite ups and downs in history. There are 1,417 temples dedicated to Hung Kings and numerous temples honoring Au Co scattering across the country.
The Hung Kings Temple Festival demonstrates a strong desire for national prosperity and symbolizes community spirit.

Coming to the festival is like returning to the ancestral land, a customs that deeply rooted in the mind of Vietnamese people in and outside the country./.

By Huong Giang

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