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[In Pictures] Festival re-enacts Hung Kings’ teachings on rice cultivation

Thursday, 29/02/2024 | 09:05:12 [GMT +7] A  A

A festival commemorating the legendary Hung Kings’ teachings on rice cultivation was held in Minh Nong Ward, Viet Tri City, in the northern midland province of Phu Tho, on February 24 (the 15th day of the first lunar month).

A panorama of the festival re-enacting the Hung Kings’ teachings on rice cultivation. The festival represents the origin of wet rice cultivation in Vietnam.
The festival begins with a procession of offerings from local residents to Dan Tich Dien (Ploughing Platform), which is located in the area believed to be where the Hung Kings taught the local people how to grow wet rice.
The rituals of worshiping are held in a solemn manner, expressing infinite gratitude to the Hung Kings for founding the wet rice cultivation profession.

Banh Chung (square sticky rice cake) and Banh Giay (round sticky rice cake) are two indispensable offerings of the people of Minh Nong Ward in commemorating the merits of the Hung Kings in building the country.
The lush bunches of rice seedlings are chosen by the local people to recreate the Hung Kings’ teachings on rice cultivation.
The ritual of the Hung Kings’ teachings on rice cultivation is held earnestly. Legend has it that people in the past did not know how to plough and eat rice. When the King came across this place, he saw that the land was fertile, so he called on the local people to build banks to store water and taught them how to sow and cultivate rice.
Since then, at the beginning of every year, the people of Minh Nong hold a ploughing ceremony to pay tribute to the merits of the Hung Kings.
The festival of the Hung Kings’ teachings on rice cultivation is organised with the participation of two teams. The winning team is awarded with a gift to encourage people to maintain wet rice cultivation.
Prior to the festival, Minh Nong Ward held a Banh Chung and Banh Giay making competition to prepare offers to the Hung Kings.

Source: Nhan Dan