14:20 | 22/02/2016 Society
The Tran Temple Festival, one of the biggest annual spring festivals in Vietnam, opened in Hung Ha district, Thai Binh province on February 20 or on the 13th day of the first lunar month.
The festival draws crowds of domestic and international tourists - Photo: Vnanet
The festival took place at the national historical complex of the Tran Kings’ shrines and tombs in Tien Duc commune, Hung Ha district. It started off the first day with an incense-offering rite at the Kings’ tombs and a ritual for the opening of the gates of the Saint Temple, the Mother Temple and the Tran Kings’ shrines.
They were followed by a water procession. On the opening night, an hour-long performance titled “A Dynasty Shines Forever” recreated Tran Dynasty milestones aiming to pay tribute to the dynasty’s dedication to the country.
To mark the occasion, Hung Ha district was presented with a certificate of meeting all criteria of new rural development program.
The Tran Temple Festival was recognised as a national intangible heritage in 2014. The historical complex of the Tran Kings' shrines and tombs received special national relic status last year.
A series of folk games will also be organised during the festival, such as a rice-cooking challenge, clay firecrackers, chung (sticky rice) cake wrapping and tug of war, alongside traditional performances and sport games./.