Various events to celebrate Hung Kings’ death anniversary

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Various events to celebrate Hung Kings’ death anniversary

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Every year, in April Phu Tho province commemorates the death anniversary of Hung Kings and celebrates the Hung Kings Temple Festival. This year 2011, a lot of activities will be taken place from the 7th April. Thanks to the activities, Phu Tho and five other provinces, namely Tuyen Quang, Hoa Binh, Nam Dinh, Quang Ngai and Dong Thap will jointly held together.

  Phu Tho province will host an international seminar on “The worship of Hung Kings” as part of efforts to bid for UNESCO’s recognition of as an intangible cultural heritage. Besides, on April 7, 8 and 12 Phu Tho will be host to hold the main ceremony (incense offering ceremonies to the first rulers of Vietnam – the Hung kings and the legendary ancestors of the nation) on April 12.
            Lasting about 3 days from April 8-12, the festival activities will include a lion dance, a Xoan singing (ancestor worship singing) festival, an exhibition of offerings to the Hung Kings and a contest on making the traditional “banh chung” (square glutinous rice cake) and “banh day” (rice cake).
          This festival related to a legend about Lac Long Quan, who was a dragon, met and married fairy Au Co, who later gave birth to 100 eggs from which 100 children sprang forth. The couple then parted due to their different origins. The man went seawards with 50 of their children, while his wife went to the mountains with the other half of the clan. The eldest son, who followed his father, later installed himself as Vietnam’s first Hung King and today’s Vietnamese people are said to be descendants of those children. Because of the reason, the date 10th of April (according to lunar calendar) becomes the national holiday in Vietnam.

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