World Madam Global 2023 to Feature Rituals Honoring Vietnamese Mother Goddesses

Vu Thi Thu Huong, a Vietnamese expatriate residing in Singapore, will be representing her homeland in the World Madam Global Beauty Pageant 2023. She will be presenting a distinct performance in order to pay tribute to her Vietnamese roots.

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Vu Thi Thu Huong, hailing from Tuyen Quang, Vietnam, recently won the prestigious title of World Madam Singapore 2023. She was also awarded the Most Popular Madam Prize for receiving the highest number of online votes on the World Madam Singapore 2023’s website.

“I joined the contest because I wanted to challenge myself, experience new things, and meet strong-willed, talented, and determined women from around the world. It is also an opportunity for me to inspire the Vietnamese community in Singapore and show that Vietnamese people can achieve great things in this country,” she said.

Vietnamese Mother Goddess Ritual to Shine in World Madam Global 2023
After winning the World Madam Singapore 2023 contest, Vu Thi Thu Huong will now compete in the World Madam Global 2023 contest held from October 8-10, 2023 in New York, USA. (Photo: TD).

Huong has expressed her desire to use her voice to advocate for women’s rights and promote culture and love to people worldwide. She is currently preparing for the upcoming World Madam Global 2023 competition in New York, USA. She dedicates 5 hours every day to practicing her special performance and is also working on improving her English communication skills.

Huong’s performance is inspired by the Vietnamese Mother Goddess ritual, specifically “Worshiping the Mothers of the Four Palaces” and “Worshiping Quan Tuan Tranh.” She incorporates dragon symbol props to make her performance unique and captivating for the audience.

Vietnamese Mother Goddess Ritual to Shine in World Madam Global 2023
Huong showcasing her costumes. (Photo: TD).

“As a practitioner of the ritual of worshiping the Four Palaces, I aim to introduce the unique characteristics of Vietnamese culture to people worldwide. My costumes and accessories are designed to make the performance both visually captivating and audible for the audience,” said Huong.

Despite living in Singapore since 2004, Huong always holds deep love for her homeland. She is happily married to her Singaporean spouse and is a successful businesswoman. She actively participates in various activities within the Vietnamese community in Singapore and frequently visits her homeland for charity trips to support children and elderly individuals.

Vietnamese Mother Goddess Ritual to Shine in World Madam Global 2023
Vu Thi Thu Huong, a Vietnamese expatriate living in Singapore, is one of the more than 30 contestants participating in the World Madam Global Beauty Pageant 2023 (Photo: World Madam Global 2023).

Viet beliefs in the Mother Goddesses of Three Realms

Communities in Vietnam worship the Mother Goddesses of Three Realms, which include heaven, water, mountains, and forests. These revered Mother Goddesses, such as Lieu Hanh, are legendary figures who played significant roles in Vietnamese mythology and culture. The worship of the Mother Goddesses serves to honor and appreciate the roles of women in society.

The traditional practice involves daily worship, participation in ceremonies and rituals, including the spirit possession ritual, and festivals like Phủ Dầy, which are held at temples dedicated to the Mother Goddesses. These activities help preserve the community’s history, cultural heritage, and identity, showcasing traditional costumes, music, and dance.

Zoey Nguyễn