Feast and Commemoration Festival for Hoang Sa Soldiers held in Hanoi

The 300-year-old ceremony commemorating soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country and symbolize Viet Nam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago was held at the Culture-Tourism Village of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups in Dong Mo, Ha Noi, on June 29.
The traditional ceremony, known as ‘Le khao le the linh Hoang Sa’(Hoang Sa Soldier Feast and Commemoration Festival), commemorating the sacrifice of soldiers of Hoang Sa is a special ceremony which is held annually on Ly Son island in Quang Ngai Province.

The event includes a wide range of rituals, including a funeral oration, a requiem for the dead, and the launching garlands and model wooden boats carrying soldiers and sailors out to sea.
The ceremony is one of activities marking the Vietnam Family Day 2014 themed “The grand family of Vietnamese ethnic groups and national sovereignty” in Hanoi.

By Mai An – Translated by Kim Khanh

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