The Hung Kings Temple Festival began April 14 in the northern province of Phu Tho to honor the ancient royals on the anniversary of their death.
|An artistic performance during the opening ceremony of the Hung Kings anniversary celebration on April 14 in Phu Tho Province (Photo: SGGP)|
The start of the ceremony featured a resounding bronze drum performance together with flag dances, performances of national martial arts, and a parade of 18 palanquins (seats carried on poles).
Following each palanquin, which carried ancestral tablets of 18 Hung Kings, was a group of 18 people dressed in traditional Vietnamese costumes as a show of gratitude toward the kings.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan said the festival is a vivid symbol of Vietnam’s great national unity and brings together the past, present and future of the country.
The anniversary and festival are also a demonstration of respect shown by the entire nation toward the ancestral kings – the founders of the country, said Mr. Nhan.
The Hung Kings Temple Festival will take place over 10 days from April 14-23. The anniversary falls on April 23, or the 10th day of March on the lunar calendar, and is a national holiday in Vietnam.