11:32 | 03/06/2019 Culture & Art
(VEN) - An agarwood festival, the first of its kind in Vietnam, was held recently in Khanh Hoa Province to celebrate 44 years of Vietnam’s north-south unification.
Themed, “Khanh Hoa Agarwood: the Spirits of Nature”, the event attracted more than 500 colorfully decked out performers and volunteers, and some 10,000 visitors.
A traditional agarwood incense burning ritual was held at the opening ceremony, with 219 young people walking slowly among the audience carrying burned agarwood incense in their hands.
Visitors to the festival were treated to the deep fragrance of agarwood incense and songs performed by famous Vietnamese singers like Tung Duong, Hong Nhung and Ngoc Son.
A scene was also staged representing the thousand-year history of the agarwood tree in Vietnam, particularly in Khanh Hoa Province where agarwood is said to be of the best quality in the world.
The festival wrapped up with an impressive firework performance.
Agarwood is known in Vietnam as the “King of Trees” and is indispensable in solemn rituals. By burning agarwood incense, Vietnamese people believe that they can connect with their ancestors and the dead. In daily life, agarwood incense burning gives off a fine fragrance and some believe it helps prevent cancer and other disease.