Seal-opening ceremony opens at Tran Temple in Nam Dinh

Saturday, 2017-02-11 04:58:21
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The seal-opening ritual takes place in a solemn atmosphere at Thien Truong Temple. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – The traditional seal-opening ceremony was held on the night of February 10 (the fourteenth day of the first month of the lunar calendar) at Tran Temple Complex, Loc Vuong Ward, Nam Dinh City.

The ceremony reflected a custom dating back to the Tran Dynasty (1225-1400), when mandarins took out their seal-stamps after the Tet (lunar New Year) holiday to officially resume administrative activities.

In his remarks, Chairman of the Nam Dinh City People’s Committee Le Quoc Chinh hailed the great merits of the Tran Dynasty in the country’s history, while highlighting that the seal-opening ceremony delivered aspirations for the peace of the nation and prosperity of the people, favourable conditions and bumper crops.

The ceremony opened at 10:50 pm with an incense offering at Thien Truong Temple, which worships the fourteen kings of the Tran Dynasty, featuring the participation of 120 delegates representing people from all walks of life in Tuc Mac Village, Loc Vuong Ward.

It was continued with a seal procession ritual from the Co Trach shrine to the Thien Truong Temple, where the seal-opening ritual took place in a solemn atmosphere.
After that, replicas of the seal-stamp were distributed to pagodas and temples in Loc Vuong Ward.

Distributions of the seal’s replicas for pilgrims and visitors took place from 5:00 am on the morning of February 11. It is believed that by acquiring replicas of the Tran Temple’s seal, the recipient will enjoy happiness and success in the New Year.

In the evening of February 10, People’s Committee of Ly Nhan District, Ha Nam Province opened a food-distribution festival and received a certificate honouring the festival as part of the nation’s intangible cultural heritage.

The festival, which is one of biggest New Year’s festivals in Ha Nam, is held annually to commemorate national hero Tran Quoc Tuan (General Tran Hung Dao) (1228-1300), and recalled a historical event that the General established a granary for the Tran Dynasty’s army, where the Tran Thuong Temple is now located, during the fight against the Mongol invaders in 1228.

During the festival, 150,000 food parcels were handed out to visitors in the hope of delivering good luck to them throughout the year.