VGP - An incense offering ceremony
was held in the northern midland province of Phu Tho on April 14 (or the tenth
day of the third lunar month) to commemorate the death anniversary of Hung
Kings, the legendary founders of the nation.
At the incense offering ceremony. Photo: VNA
Attended the event were National
Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, officials from the Communist Party of
Viet Nam (CPV) Central Committee, and leaders of ministries, departments and
localities, as well as Vietnamese people at home and expatriates.
The death anniversary of Hung Kings
has long been considered a significant day of the whole nation, illustrating the
spirit of solidarity and tradition “when drinking water, remember its sources”.
The participants prayed for national
peace, prosperity, and strong development.
Chairman of the provincial People’s
Committee Bui Van Quang highlighted the significance of the day as well as the
remarkable achievements that the whole Party, army and people have gained in the
cause of national reform, integration, and development.
After offering incense at Thuong
Temple, NA Chairwoman Ngan and delegates laid wreaths at Hung Kings tomb.
Phu Tho along with the Mekong Delta
city of Can Tho, the central province of Nghe An, and the northern province of
Son La representing different regions across the country has actively carried
out plans in celebration of the death anniversary of Hung Kings and Hung Kings
Temple Festival in 2019.
Various kinds of activities have been
taking place during the day such as palanquin processions, contests to make
“Banh Chung” (square glutinous rice cake) and “Banh Day” (white, flat, and round
glutinous rice cake) – which were created by the 18th prince of Hung King some
3,000-4,000 years ago – symbolysing the “earth” and the “sky”, respectively, and
art and cultural programmes.
A ceremony offering incense and
flowers to Hung Kings was held the same day in Ho Chi Minh City with the
presence of Politburo member Nguyen Thien Nhan, Secretary of the municipal
Legend has it that Lac Long Quan
(real name Sung Lam, son of Kinh Duong Vuong and Than Long Nu) married Au Co
(the fairy daughter of De Lai). Au Co then went on to give birth to a pouch
filled with one hundred eggs, which soon hatched into a hundred sons, believed
to be Viet Nam’s ancestors. However, soon thereafter, Lac Long Quan and Au Co
separated. Lac Long Quan went to the coast with 50 of the children, while Au Co
went to the highlands with the rest.
Their eldest son was made king, who
named the country Van Lang and set up the capital in Phong Chau (nowadays Viet
Tri city, Phu Tho province), beginning the 18 dynasties of the Hung Kings.
The kings chose Nghia Linh Mountain,
the highest in the region, to perform rituals devoted to rice and sun deities to
pray for healthy crops.
To honour their great contributions,
a complex of temples dedicated to them was built on Nghia Linh Mountain, and the
tenth day of the third lunar month serves as the national commemorative
anniversary for the kings.
The worshipping rituals of the Hung
Kings was recognised as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in