Wed, 29th Mar 2023 04:49 (GMT +7)

In pictures: Impressive Cua Ong temple festival

Friday, 24/02/2023 | 11:47:39 [GMT +7] A  A

The Cua Ong Temple Festival, which was recognised as national special intangible cultural heritage in 2016, opened in Cam Pha city on February 22 or the third day of the second lunar month.

Cua Ong Temple, the venue of the event, is dedicated to Tran Quoc Tang (1252 – 1313), a hero in the resistance wars against the Mongol invaders and guarding the country’s northeastern region under the Tran Dynasty (1225 – 1400). He was the third son of General Tran Quoc Tuan, who led Dai Viet (the name of Vietnam at that time) to two of the three victories against the Mongol invaders, in 1285 and 1288.

The festival is held to commemorate Tran Quoc Tang’s contributions to defeating enemies and brought peace to the region.

The procession ritual
The procession attracting the participation of more than 30 delegations with over 1,000 people begins at Thuong Temple, along many streets and back to the temple grounds.
Dragon dance
Participants in colorful costomes

20 boats participate in the proccesion on sea.
Teachers and students wait for the procession to pass by. This is a great chance for them to show their respect to preceding generations and national heroes.
Foreign tourists took photos of this special festival.
Local people offer tourists free water.
Local people held ceremonies in their families and neighborhoods to commemorate the merits, life and career of Monsignor Hung Nhuong Vuong Tran Quoc Tang and generals of the Tran Dynasty.
The performance "Sacred traces of relics" depicts the career of Hung Nhuong Vuong Tran Quoc Tang, the army and people under the Tran Dynasty.
A photo exhibition on Cam Pha city is held at Cua Ong temple.
Locals and tourists enjoy "quan ho" (love duets), an art form of folk music, at Baza lake.
A boat race was held during the festival.

By Nguyen Dung