Ritual commemorating soldiers of ancient Hoang Sa Flotilla held

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The annual “Le khao le the linh Hoang Sa” (Feast and Commemoration Festival for Hoang Sa Soldiers) ceremony was held in An Hai communal temple, Ly Son Island, in the central coastal province of Quang Ngai on April 19 with the participation of a large number of local residents.
Ritual commemorating soldiers of ancient Hoang Sa Flotilla held ảnh 1 Tribute ritual is held to commemorate Hoang Sa soldiers.
The event included a traditional offering ritual, the garlands and model wooden boats carrying soldiers and sailors out to sea.
The traditional ceremony held annually for hundreds of years on the island is a tribute to the sailor-soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country and symbolize Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago.
About 3-4 centuries ago under the Nguyen Lords’ mandate, 70 of the island’s best seafarers were chosen to safeguard their homeland’s maritime rights and explore the East Sea every year. In mid-sixteenth century, the Hoang Sa Flotilla was established to conduct marine patrol and control, exploit marine products and collect ship-wrecked cargoes floating to Hoang Sa and Truong Sa areas.
Ly Son Island, a tranquil destination 30km off Quang Ngai Province's coast, is home to about 2,100 residents. Most make their living fishing, and farming garlic and spring onions. Ly Son Island has been emerged as an attractive tourist destination in recent years because of the wonderful natural beauty.
Ritual commemorating soldiers of ancient Hoang Sa Flotilla held ảnh 2 The annual “Le khao le the linh Hoang Sa” (Feast and Commemoration Festival for Hoang Sa Soldiers) ceremony was held in An Hai communal temple, Ly Son District.
Ritual commemorating soldiers of ancient Hoang Sa Flotilla held ảnh 3 The traditional ceremony is held annually for hundreds of years.

By Nguyen Trang – Translated by Kim Khanh

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