15:12 | 03/04/2020 Events
The association of Vietnamese-origin people in Thailand’s Udon Thani province held a ceremony at Khanh An Pagoda on April 2 to commemorate the death anniversary of the Hung Kings, Vietnam’s legendary founders.
|People of Vietnamese descent in Thailand's Udon Thani province pay tribute to the Hung Kings. (Photo: thoidai.com.vn)|
Due to the Thai government’s ban on gathering in large groups of people to curb the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic, this year’s event only featured the participation of members of the association’s executive board.
On behalf of the Vietnamese community in Udon Thani, Luong Xuan Hoa, the chairman of the association, offered incense at the Hung Kings altar in Khanh An Pagoda, while highlighting the significance of the anniversary.
Hoa affirmed that the association holds the ceremony every year to offer an occasion for Vietnamese expatriates in the province to pay tribute to the nation’s legendary founders, which, he said, helps to educate patriotism among the overseas Vietnamese community in practical way.
On the occasion, Hoa called on the Vietnamese community in Udon Thani to strictly comply with the Thai government’s COVID-19 prevention and control measures.
Udon Thani accommodates the largest number of Vietnamese-origin people in Thailand, currently estimated at 60,000.
On the same day, a delegation of leaders of Ho Chi Minh City offered incense and flowers in tribute to the Hung Kings at the memorial site dedicated to the nation’s legendary founders in the National Historical-Cultural Park in the city’s District 9.
The delegation was led by Politburo member and Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan.
The Hung Kings are commemorated each year on the 10th day of the third lunar month, which falls on April 2 this year, as an occasion for the Vietnamese people to express gratitude to their ancestors.
This year, due to impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hung Kings Festival has been streamlined to essential rituals, and participants also took preventive measures as recommended by health agencies.
The ritual of worshipping the Hung Kings was recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012.