The Cau Ngu, or Whale Worshipping, Festival kicked off in Canh Duong commune, Quang Trach district, central Quang Binh province on March 2 (the 15th day of the first lunar month) with a hope for bumper hauls of fish and safe voyages in the year.
Dau Van Hai who chaired the festival celebrations said that the festival has been held annually in the commune for hundreds of years, aiming to encourage fishermen to actively participate in production, support each other at sea, and help protect the nation’s sovereignty over sea and islands.
This year, the festival was organised more eventful as a step to become a tourism product so as to attract more visitors to the locality.
From the early morning of March 2, crowds of fishermen and ship owners flocked to Ngu Linh Mieu and An Cau Ngu temples to offer incense and present offerings to Whale Saints who protect fishermen at sea.
Canh Duong commune owns a fleet of over 700 fishing vessels, 360 of which operate offshore.VNA