Spring festivals commemorate national heroes

Tuesday, 2019-02-19 12:23:54
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The festival at Tran Thuong Temple in Ha Nam province. (Photo: NDO/Dao Phuong)
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NDO - Spring festivals have opened at temples across Vietnam to remember national heroes with significant contributions to the country throughout history.

In Ha Nam province, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh and visitors paid tribute to Tran Hung Dao at Tran Thuong Temple, which was chosen as a grain warehouse during the resistance wars against the Mongols in the 13th century.

On the night before the first full moon of the year (February 18), a procession was held to carry grains from the warehouse into the temple, followed by torch lighting and incense offering rituals.

The rituals re-enacted the distribution of rewards to soldiers of the Tran Dynasty after defeating the third Mongol invasion in 1288 and prayed for a year of favourable weather and abundant crops.

The festival organisers and temple managers had prepared 180,000 pouches of grain to distribute to local residents and visitors.

On the same night, a seal-opening ceremony was also held at Tran Temple in Nam Dinh province to commemorate Tran Hung Dao and other heroes of the Tran Dynasty.

In the central province of Nghe An, a festival was opened and incense was offered to commemorate Emperor Mai Hac De, who staged a revolt against the Tang rulers and gained independence for Vietnam for nearly 10 years in the 8th century.

The festival to commemorate Emperor Mai Hac De in Nghe An province. (Photo: NDO)