Festivals in Phu Tho

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Dao Xa Festival

Time: 9th day of the seventh lunar month.
Place:Dao Xa Commune, Thanh Thuy District, Phu Tho Province.
Objects of worship:Hung Hai Cong and three Royal Highest mandarins who had merit of helping people control floods, Princess Que Hoa.
Characteristics:Praying for water ceremony, after worshipping take trai down and race boat at night.

Gia Thanh Festival

Time: 2nd to the 3rd day of the first lunar month.
Place: Gia Thanh Commune, Phu Ninh District, Phu Tho Province.
Characteristics: Praying for giving son, making sacrifice to the God, offering banquet with 12 glutinous rice cakes (banh chung), 12 day cakes, steamed momordica glutinous rice (xoi gac).

Ha Thach Festival

Time: 10th day of the tenth lunar month.
Place: Ha Thach Commune, Phu Tho Town, Phu Tho Province.
Objects of worship: Hung Kings, Saint Tan Vien, Chu Dong Tu, Hai Ba Trung, and Water genie.
Characteristics: Three Thuong, Ha, Trung Hamlets carry palanquin procession to Ca Communal House then make grand sacrifices-offering ceremony, rong ran dance (one by one follows the leader), ha dien ceremony (worship the Agriculture genie before cultivating), trai racing.

Hien Quan Phet Festival

Time: 13th day of the first lunar month.
Place: Hien Quan Commune, Tam Nong District, Phu Tho Province.
Objects of worship: Madam Thieu Hoa (Woman General of Hai Ba Trung).
Characteristics: phet playing (play wood ball by a stick with curved head).

Hung Temple Festival

Time: The 8th to the 11th day of the third lunar month, main festival day on the 10th day of the third lunar month.
Place: Nghia Linh Mountain, Hy Cuong Commune, Viet Tri City, Phu Tho Province.
Objects of worship: Kings Hung.
Characteristics: This is the ancestors’ death anniversary of the whole nation. At the same time with incense-offering ceremony at Hung Temple in Phu Tho Province, sacrifice-offering ceremonies at Hung Temple in Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang and other provinces are aslo celebrated.
Legend: 18 generations of Kings Hung established Van Lang State, the predecessor of the present – day Vietnam.
Main activities:
– The procession of 3 local communes from the communal houses to the foot of the mountain.
– The incense offering ceremony.
– Xoan singing, bronze drum dancing
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Phu Ninh Buffalo Fighting Festival

Time: 12st day of the second lunar month.
Place: Phu Ninh Commune, Phu Ninh District, Phu Tho Province.
Objects of worship: Hung King and his generals, the village’s tutelary god.
Characteristics: Buffalo fighting performance to commemorate Hung King. According to the old tale, Hung King went for hunting to pass this area, he already killed two tigers that were fighting.    (Detail)

Vu Lao Festival

Time: 10th day of the first lunar month.
Place: Vo Lao Commune, Thanh Ba District, Phu Tho Province.
Objects of worship: Agriculture Spirit, Mountain Spirit, Water Spirit and Buddha.
Characteristics: day cakes and nang cakes offering in commemorating the place where Hung King lived and chose the son-in-law. Princesses made various kinds of cake to offer their father. Big and round day cakes symbolize for the Sky; uot cakes with pyramid-shaped symbolize for labour force; nang cakes with yellow colour symbolize for pearls and gem.