Can Gio’s thrilling Nghinh Ong Festival

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The annual Nghinh Ong (Whale Worshiping) Festival 2017 took place in Ho Chi Minh City’s Can Gio District with a variety of cultural activities.

A procession of Ca Ong (Whale)on sea (Photo: Sggp)

A procession of Ca Ong (Whale)on sea (Photo: Sggp)

Visitors had a chance to enjoy and participated in traditional rituals and ceremonies, such as a procession at Ong Thuy Tuong Temple (Temple Worshiping the Whale); a ritual praying for a fishing season with timely rains and favourable weather.
There was also a series of entertainment and cultural activities such as visiting the Rung Sac martyr’s cemetery remembering soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect the country; exhibitions of national defense and security, socio-economic achievements of Can Gio District, and Can Gio's Unesco Mangrove Biosphere Reserve; traditional music performances and folk games.

The city-level festival was recognized as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2013 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.


Rộn ràng Lễ hội Nghinh Ông Cần Giờ ảnh 2      A ritual praying for a fishing season with timely rains and favourable weather
Rộn ràng Lễ hội Nghinh Ông Cần Giờ ảnh 3
Rộn ràng Lễ hội Nghinh Ông Cần Giờ ảnh 4
            A procession at Ong Thuy Tuong Temple (Temple Worshiping the Whale)
Rộn ràng Lễ hội Nghinh Ông Cần Giờ ảnh 5
     A flag-raising event at Can Thanh Park in the opening ceremony of the festival
Rộn ràng Lễ hội Nghinh Ông Cần Giờ ảnh 6                                 Keo co (Tug of war) folk game on water
Rộn ràng Lễ hội Nghinh Ông Cần Giờ ảnh 7                                           A folk game of fishermen

By HOANG HUNG – Translated by Kim Khanh

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