Various activities to mark Hung Kings’ Festival

The People’s Committee in the northern province of Phu Tho on April 1 announced a series of activities to mark the Hung Kings Festival in a press brief in Hanoi.

Various activities were announced to mark the occasion, including the forthcoming Hung Kings’ Temple Festival and the ceremony to receive the UNESCO Certificate--recognizing the worship ceremony at the temple as an intangible cultural heritage.

Ha Ke San, vice chairman of the People’s Committee of Phu Tho, said as instructed by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, all 1,417 Hung Kings Temples across the country will simultaneously begin the worship ceremony precisely at 7.00am on March 10 of the lunar month.

The official ceremony for the Death Anniversary of the Hung Kings and the Hung Kings’ Temple Festival will be held in Phu Tho Province for seven days from March 4-10 of the lunar month (April 13-19).

Representatives from many provinces such as the northern provinces of Lang Son and Ha Nam; the central provinces of Thanh Hoa, Ha Tinh, Dak Lak and Binh Dinh; and the southern provinces of Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau, will make their worship offerings.

On the evening of March 4 of the lunar month, an art performance will kick off the Festival, which will be broadcast live on Vietnam Television VTV1. The opening ceremony will conclude with a fireworks performance in Viet Tri City in Phu Tho Province.

The week-long Festival will feature a wide range of traditional and modern activities plus contests organized not only in Viet Tri City but also in neighboring areas to clearly illustrate the ritual of worshiping Hung Kings.

There will be a street festival in Viet Tri City and Hung Kings Square called ‘Culture of Hung Kings’ land’; float rituals in surrounding areas of the City; a Chung and Giay (Square and Round) cake making competition; a Xoan singing program; an art show; an exhibition on culinary cultures of various districts of the province; and a folklore performance of different ethnic groups living in the area.

By Vinh Xuan – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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