Phu Yen’s Whale Worshipping Festival recognized as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage

The “Cau Ngu” (Whale Worshipping) Festival of the south central coastal province of Phu Yen was recognized as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, yesterday.

Vice charman of Phu Yen People’s Committee, Phan Dinh Phung gives a certificate in recognition of the Whale Worshipping festival as a national intangible cultural heritage to a representative of the fishing sector in the province.  (Photo: Sggp)
The Whale Worshipping festival is celebrated from the first to the eighth month of lunar calendar, including various rituals to worship the Whale or Ca Ong, and prayers for good seas, happiness and prosperity.

The event often takes place from 1-3 days with a wide range of rituals and ceremonies. Series of cultural activities such as traditional music performances, sport and folk games will be held during the festival.

To date, Phu Yen has three national intangible cultural heritages, Bai Choi (singing while playing cards) singing, the performing art of “double drums, triple and five-fold gongs” and Whale Worshipping festival.

By Nhat Huy – Translated by Kim Khanh

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