Chu Dong Tu Festival
Time: From the 10th to the 12th day of the second lunar month.
Place: Da Hoa Temple and Da Trach Temple, Khoai Chau District, Hung Yen Province.
Objects of worship: Chu Dong Tu and his two wives: Princess Tien Dung and Princess Tay Sa.
Characteristics: The procession of 9 communes from communal houses to Da Hoa Temple; the water procession from Hong River (Red River) to Da Trach Temple of 8 other communes; trong quan singing.
Chu Dong Tu is one of four immortal gods in the Vietnamese pantheon. The festival annually takes place from the 10th to the 12th day of the second lunar month at two temples, Da Hoa and Da Trach, in Khoai Chau District, Hung Yen Province.
Starting from Ha Noi, visitors can travel downstream on the Red River by boat or canoe, or go by motorbike along the dyke of the Red River for 20 km. During the festival, pilgrims in colourful dress converge on the two temples, Da Hoa and Da Trach.
At Da Hoa Temple
In the early morning of the 10th, th ...
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Honoring: Phung Hung
Founder named Vu
Location: Big Temple, Trieu Khuc village, Tan Trieu, Thanh Tri district, Hanoi.
Time: 10th-12th – first lunar month
Feature: Dragon Dance, Flag dance.
In the point of 8th km of Hanoi – Hoa Binh road, turn 300m to the right is Trieu Khuc village, Tan Trieu district, Thanh Tri, Hanoi. Long time ago, this village is specialized in producing flat palm hat with fringes. It is also famous for embroider and sewing with excellent technique. Otherwise, Khuc village has more than 10 handicraft types and the trading occupation; therefore, the people in Khuc villages have a quite comfortable life. However, the special feature is in the way Khuc people live, shown in the way they create the landscape of the village. The village is small but they pave the way with beautiful bricks which are contributed annually from the marriages. This is the traditional rule which is still kept until now.
The festival is carried on in the mutual house. There are two house ...
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Phet Hien Quan festival is organized in 12 and 13 of first lunar month in Hien Quan commune, Tam Nong district, Phu Tho province. This is a festival to tribute and honors the merit of Thieu Hoa female general and princess.
It is said that Princess Thieu Hoa – Hien Quan came to Phuc Thanh pagoda when she was 16. Knowing that Trung Trac raised an army to make revolution, Thieu Hoa gathered a group of 500 soldiers practicing and playing the game of throwing harpoon and come to Hat Mon to join in the army of Hai Ba Trung. She was titled to be the “Dong cung tuong quan” (General of the East part) to lead the army to Luy Lau and fight To Dinh. When the enemy was defeated, Trung Vuong praised the generals and Thieu Hoa didn’t receive the reward to be the official in the court but asked for coming back to the village. Trung Vuong granted the Song Quan commune (current Hien Quan) to be the hamlet under her ruling.
A year later, Thieu Hoa passed away, people built the temple to worship her and ...
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Tho Ha village in the northern province of Bac Giang is one of three famous pottery establishments in Vietnam.
Ancient pottery vestiges can be found in many houses, walls and roads, which were built with the same materials including pottery shards.
Tho Ha’s annual festival is held from January 20-22 of the lunar calendar to commemorate Dao Tri Tien, the village’s pottery craft founder.
The first festival dated back to 1685, but it fell into oblivion for a long time until 1992, when villagers resumed traditional rituals.
The highlight of the festival is a palanquin procession that carries the saint patron and the holy mother to the village’s communal house. The procession is led by unicorn dance troupes and a musical band playing the clarinet, two-string violin, drums and cymbals, followed by three elders being cast as the Three Abundances of Happiness, Riches and Longevity.
The festival provides a chance for the villagers to honour and express their gratitude to the village’s patron sa ...
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My collectio Tens of thousands of visitors converged on Dong Ky village in Bac Ninh province, about 30km from Hanoi, on January 29 to celebrate its traditional firecracker festival.
Hundreds of villagers carried two massive representations of firecrackers, which were engraved with four mythical creatures (dragon, lion, tortoise and phoenix) to the communal house for the ritual.
Four respected elders from each of the four hamlets in the village were selected to perform the ritual, praying for good weather, bumper crops and prosperity.
The festival, which is organised on the fourth day of the first lunar month and lasts for three days, aims to honour General Thien Cuong who helped Hung Kings recruit young villagers to fire on the enemy and was later considered the tutelary god of the village.
To perform a solemn ritual, more than 400 people, including 300 unmarried men, are mobilised to support the procession. Folk games such as human chess, badminton, volleyball, martial arts and co ...
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