PSNews – The Phu Tho Provincial People’s Committee held a meeting on January 27 to roll out the plan of this year- Hung King pilgrimage festival, with the participation of representatives of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Thai Nguyen, Quang Nam, Binh Duong and Kien Giang.
Accordingly, the annual pilgrimage festival honouring the Vietnamese people’s ancestors, the Hung Kings, will take place in the northern province of Phu Tho on April 21-25.
The festival will be hosted by Phu Tho province while four other provinces will help organise, including the northern province of Thai Nguyen, the central province of Quang Nam and the southern provinces of Binh Duong and Kien Giang.
Various activities will be held at the Hung Temple Complex, Viet Tri city, communes surrounding the Hung Temple Complex and temples worshipping the Hung Kings and heroes of Hung Kings era throughout Phu Tho province.
According to plan, contributing provinces will join in the worship ceremony and contribute money to cover the organizing expenses and to upgrade the Hung Temple Relic Site. The provinces will join in various activities during the festival like holding a chung (square cake) making contest and preparing giay (glutinous round) cake; exhibit local delicacies at a fair during the event and perform at art shows.
At a recent meeting, authorities of involved provinces agreed on the plan and will promote the festival so that many people all around the nation would join in the event.
The worshipping ritual of the Hung Kings was recognised as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012.
The event has been observed for thousands of years, displaying the country’s cultural characteristics and consolidating national solidarity.
By Linh Bui