Vice President commemorates nation’s legendary founder

Wednesday, 2019-02-20 17:35:35
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Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh beats the drum to open the Kinh Duong Vuong Temple festival. (Photo: Bao Bac Ninh)
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NDO - Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh attended a festival on February 20 at a temple dedicated to Kinh Duong Vuong, the earliest legendary founder of Vietnam.

At the temple in A Lu village, in the northern province of Bac Ninh, the vice president beat the drum to open the festival and planted trees at the tomb of Kinh Duong Vuong.

Legend has it that Kinh Duong Vuong was the grandfather of the first Hung King, the founder of Van Lang, the first state in Vietnam.

The festival is a demonstration of the Vietnamese tradition of remembering ancestors and is held to pray for favourable weather, a prosperous country and peace.

Taking place for three days from February 20 to 22, the festival consists of traditional rituals and cultural activities, such as folk games, water puppetry performances, traditional singing arts, wrestling and other sports.

The Kinh Duong Vuong Temple was built on the southern bank of the Duong River and renovated in 1840 under the reign of Emperor Minh Mang. It was recognised as a national historical and cultural site in 1993.

* On the same day in Hai Duong province, a ceremony was held to cast a bell for the Con Son Temple, which is modelled after a bell that dates back to the Tran Dynasty.

Measuring 1.8 metres high and 1.2 metres in diameter, the bronze bell is inscribed with an essay honouring Buddhism, the scenery of Con Son and the immense benefits of casting a bell.

A bell is being cast at Con Son Temple. (Photo: Bao Hai Duong)

Earlier, a procession was held to carry water from a nearby lake to the temple as part of the Con Son Temple festival. The water will be used to bathe the Buddha statues and pray for rain and bountiful harvests.

* Meanwhile, in the central city of Da Nang, a certificate was handed over to the organisers of the fish-praying festival, recognising it as an item on the national register of intangible cultural heritage.