The death anniversary of the Hung Kings, the legendary founders of Vietnam, will be observed in the Lao capital city of Vientiane on April 5-6.
In an interview with the Vietnam News Agency, Pham Van Hung, Vice Chairman and General Secretary of the General Association of Vietnamese in Laos, said preparations for the festival, the first of its kind in Laos, have now been completed.
The Vietnamese Embassy in Laos held a working session with representatives of the association and its chapters, businesses, and the Vietnamese community in the country. During the session, a working group of 22 people in charge of organisation, logistics, and communications for the event was set up, he said.
|Observing Hung King's death anniversary (Photo: VNA)
The overseas Vietnamese (OVs) in Laos are excited and looking forward to the event, which is of great significance to their cultural and spiritual life, Hung noted.
Echoing Hung’s views, Nguyen Duy Trung, Chairman of the association, said the festival will help strengthen solidarity among the Vietnamese community in Laos. VNA
After learning about the commemoration, the association has informed its chapters in Laos about the event through social networking platforms, aiming to inform all Vietnamese citizens across the country about the event as soon as possible, he said.
Legend has it that the Hung Kings ruled Vietnam from 2879 BC until 258 BC and they are widely considered the founders of the nation. To honour the Kings, the tenth day of the third lunar month was designated as their national commemorative anniversary date.
The worshipping rituals of the Hung Kings was recognised as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012.