Festivals in Ha Nam

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Duong Hoa Festival

Time: the 24th day of the first lunar month.
Place: Kim Bang District, Ha Nam Province.
Objects of worship: General Tran Khanh Du, having merit of fighting Nguyen aggressors.
Characteristics: Grand sacrifices – offering ceremony and the God procession.

Duy Hai Village Festival

Time: 2nd day of the first lunar month.
Place: Duy Hai Commune, Duy Tien District, Ha Nam Province.
Objects of worship: Tran Khanh Du – a General of Tran Dynasty.
Characteristics: Worshipping to the God of gisy cake; Running and pulling flags competition, performing a navy battle.

Gua Village Festival

Time: 4th day of the first lunar month.
Place: Gua Village, Liem Thuan Commune, Thanh Liem District, Ha Nam Province.
Objects of worship: Truong Nguyen, General of King Dinh Bo Linh.
Characteristics: The game of vieing for ball and wrestling in remembering the soldiers recruitment during the Ðinh Dynasty.

Lieu Doi Wrestling Festival

Time: 5th to the 10th day of the first lunar month.
Place: Lieu Doi Village, Liem Tuc Commune, Thanh Liem District, Ha Nam Province.
Objects of worship: God of Doan family who was a man of extraordinary strength, good at martial art, and having the merit of squashing the rebellion.
Characteristics: Wrestle, tram tu ceremony, vè reading contest all night, contest of cooking regional specialities from eels, snails, frogs, fish.

Long Doi Pagoda Festival

Time: 21th day of the third lunar month.
Place: Long Doi Pagoda, Doi Son Commune, Duy Tien District, Ha Nam Province.
Objects of worship: Buddha.
Characteristics: Worshipping Buddha, puppetry, wrestling, chess playing.

Truc Temple Festival

Time: 6th day of the second lunar month.
Place: Quyen Son Hamlet, Thi Son Commune, Kim Bang District, Ha Nam Province.
Objects of worship: Ly Thuong Kiet.
Characteristics: Dam songs (sing while stamping (dam) one’s foot like people rowing boat), boi trai dance.

Vang Village Festival

Time: 7th to the 10th day of the first lunar month.
Place: Vang Village, Trinh Xa Commune, Binh Luc District, Ha Nam Province.
Objects of worship: The village’s tutelary god.
Characteristics: Burst earth cracker for worshipping; contest of earth cracker. Adults take part in game of earth cracker.

Vo Giang Communal House Festival

Time: The 15th day of the second lunar month.
Place: Thanh Thuy Commune, Thanh Liem District, Ha Nam Province.
Objects of worship: Vu Co – a talented General of Le Loi, who had taken part in fighting Ming aggressors on Day River.
Characteristics: Worshipping genie ceremony, boat racing, javelin throwing, doi singing on boat (alternate singing between women and men), giao duyen singing.