This year, the festival, with theme “Hung Kings Land – Sacred Root”, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the recognition of the worship of the Hung Kings in Phu Tho by the UN heritage agency UNESCO as part of the world’s intangible cultural heritages in 2012.
The event will include incense offering ceremonies to the nation’s legendary father Lac Long Quan and the nation’s legendary mother Au Co, and to the Hung Kings Temple Historical Relic Site on Nghia Linh Mountain in Phong Chau.
Floral offerings will take place at the monument to President Ho Chi Minh, a sculpture featuring the President talking with soldiers from the Vietnam People’s Army.
Localities around the Hung Temple will organise palanquin processions with limited participants ensuring COVID-19 prevention and control measures are observed.
The Hung Kings Temple Festival is one of the most important and sacred festivals of the Vietnamese people and is deeply embedded in the minds of every Vietnamese citizen, regardless of what province they come from.
It is held annually from the 8th to the 11th day of the third lunar month. The traditional festival honours the Vietnamese people’s ancestors – the Hung Kings. They are believed to have ruled the country for 18 generations.