The festival was held on April 22 in Hanoi, attracting a large number of visitors.
Quan Thanh Temple, formerly known as Tran Vu Temple, was built during the reign of King Ly Thai To (1010-1028). The temple worships Huyen Thien Tran Vu, one of the four sacred deities of Taoism.
The temple is one of the “Thang Long Tu Tran” or the four guardian temples of Thang Long, built at the four cardinal points to protect the ancient Thang Long Citadel from evil spirits.
The Quan Thanh Temple Festival is held twice a year, on the third day of the third Lunar month; and on the ninth day of the ninth Lunar month in gratitude to Huyen Thien Tran Vu. The genie is believed to help the Hung Kings expel invaders and help the people fight against evil spirits and natural disasters.
The art performance kicked off the Quan Thanh Temple Festival. Photo: Duy Minh
Ta Nam Chien, Chairman of Ba Dinh District People’s Committee delivered a speech to pay tribute to Huyen Thien Tran Vu deity. Photo: Duy Minh
The procession was made in the area around the West Lake and in front of Quan Thanh Temple. Photo: Duy Minh
The festival drew the attention of visitors to the area over the weekend. Photo: Duy Minh
The offerings are seasonal fruits and local products such as banh com (young sticky rice cake), banh te (steamed rice cake), among others. Photo: Duy Minh
Bui Hong Son, the custodian of Quan Thanh Temple recounted the miracle about Huyen Thien Tran Vu at the ceremony. Photo: Duy Minh
Visitors to Quan Thanh Temple offer incense to commemorate the ancient Vietnamese genie. Photo: Duy Minh
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