Cua Ong Temple Festival recognised as intangible national cultural heritage

11:20 | 01/03/2017 Society

A ceremony was held on February 28 by the Cam Pha City People’s Committee in the northern province of Quang Ninh to receive a certificate of merit recognising Cua Ong Temple Festival as a part of the nation’s intangible cultural heritage.

The drum perfomance at the festival (Credit:

At the ceremony, the 2017 Cua Ong Temple Festival officially kicked off. The annual event is held to commemorate Tran Quoc Tang, a famous general of the Tran Dynasty (1225-1400), for his contributions during the resistance wars against the Mongol invaders.

The main parts of the festival took place on the third and the fourth days of the second month of the lunar calendar. The event will last until the end of the third month of the lunar calendar.

This year’s festival began with an incense offering ceremony and the procession of General Tran Quoc Tang’s palanquin and his memorial tablet.

After that, a performance of drums, along with flags and martial instruments from the Tran Dynasty, by over 100 actors and actresses from Quang Ninh’s provincial cheo (traditional opera) troupe, attracted a large number of visitors.

In addition to rituals, the Cua Ong Temple Festival features a wide variety of arts, cultural and sports activities important to Vietnamese culture, such as cockfighting, quan ho (love duet) singing, boat racing and tug-of-war.

Cua Ong Temple, one of the most famous relic sites in the northeastern region, includes three parts: a lower temple, a middle temple and an upper temple looking towards Bai Tu Long Bay.

The recognition of Cua Ong Temple Festival as a part of the nation’s intangible cultural heritage is expected to raise the responsibility of the local government and people in preserving and promoting its cultural and historical values.