Phu Day festival recognised as national intangible cultural heritage

Saturday, 2013-11-23 12:51:28
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Thousands flock to annual Phu Day festival
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Nhan Dan – The Nam Dinh provincial People’s Committee held a ceremony on November 22 to receive the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s certificate recognising the Phu Day festival as National Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The festival is held annually at the Phu Day historical and cultural relics site in Kim Thai commune, Vu Ban district to honour Mother Goddess Lieu Hanh, one of the four immortals in Vietnamese folklore. It reflects the local people's desire for a better life.

Traditional rituals, including incense offerings and torchlight palanquin processions, are held during the Phu Day festival, along with a wide variety of cultural activities and traditional folk games.

A Chau Van (spiritual) singing ritual is the highlight of the festival. Nam Dinh province is currently at work on a dossier on Chau van (Spiritual) singing for submission to UNESCO for recognition as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The recognition of the Phu Day festival as national intangible cultural heritage contributes to preserving and promoting the historical and cultural values of Phu Day relics and the Vietnamese Mother Goddess worship culture.

The event also aims to raise awareness among local departments and branches of proper management of the province’s cultural heritage.