Hanoi celebrates 995th anniversary of Loyalty Oath Festival
PSNews - A ceremony was held in May at Dong Co temple in Tay Ho District, Hanoi City to celebrate the 995th anniversary of the Loyalty Oath Festival and receive a decision recognising the festival as National Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2023.
The festival was first held in 1028 when King Ly Thai Tong ordered the establishment of the swearing altar, and initiated the swearing ceremony to teach courtiers, generals, soldiers and people in the country.
The Loyalty Oath Festival at the Dong Co Temple and the Quang Chieu Lantern Festival used to be the two biggest and most important festivals of Thang Long capital city under the Ly Dynasty.
The Dong Co Temple Festival is the festival of the court, towards the origin. The national swearing festival has special significance, so the Emperor and the court pay much attention to it.
This is a special festival because, according to scientists, there are only two swearing festivals in the North – one in Thuan Thien commune in Kien Thuy district of Hai Phong city, and the other at the Dong Co temple, Hanoi.
Dong Co Temple is located on Thuy Khue Street, about 300 meters from the southwestern shore of the West Lake.
Although 995 years have passed, along with many upheavals, the cultural identity of the Dong Co Temple festival has remained intact.
The Loyalty Oath Festival has been recognized as a national intangible cultural heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.