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The incense offering ceremony to commemorate to the Hung Kings in 2018

Wednesday, 2018-04-25 10:16:00
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PTO- On the morning of April 25th (lunar March 10th), at Kinh Thien palace, Nghia Linh mountain in the Hung Kings Temple historical relic site, on behalf of compatriots across the country, Phu Tho province solemnly held the Hung Kings' death anniversary to commemorate to the merit of the ancestors who built the country, establishing Van Lang State - the first state in the history of the Vietnamese nation.

The ceremony saw the attendance of Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Politburo member, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam; Mr. Nguyen Van Binh, Politburo member, Head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission; General Do Ba Ty, Vice Chairman of the National Assembly; Senior Lieutenant General Luong Cuong, Chairman of the General Political Department of the Vietnam People's Army; Mr. Hau A Lenh, Vice Chairman of Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee; along with members of the Party Central Committee, representatives of the leadership of central departments, ministries, branches and localities.

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The ceremony also saw the attendance of Mr. Hoang Dan Mac, Secretary of Phu Tho Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Council; Mr. Bui Minh Chau, Deputy Secretary of the provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee, the officiating priest of the 2018 Hung King's' death anniversary; Mr. Bui Van Quang, Standing Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee; members of the Provincial Party Committee, the Standing Committee of the People's Council, the People's Committee, the Fatherland Front Committee, the Provincial National Assembly; the former leaders of the provincial; leaders of departments, branches and unions of the province; leaders of cities, districts, towns, and Party cells; leaders of communes, wards and towns surrounding Hung Kings Temple; members of the Organizing Committee of the Hung Kings Temple Festival in 2018 and compatriots across the country and Vietnamese overseas.

At 6:00 am, the incense offering delegation departed from the festival center yard going through Nghi gate, Ha temple, Trung temple to Thuong temple. The army ceremonial team, who are soldiers of the Vietnam People's Army, carried the national and festival flag and wreath with a banner “Forever remembering the Hung Kings who founded the nation”. Following was young girls and a group of 100 people representing the children of Mother Au Co and Father Lac Long Quan in traditional dress and a palanquin procession carrying offerings, flowers, chung cakes and giay cakes which associated with the legend of Prince Lang Lieu and conception of heaven round - square land of our ancestor.

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The delegation of leadership of the Party, the State, central agencies and localities, leaders of Phu Tho province and compatriots went after the incense offering delegation.

At 6:30 am, at Kinh Thien palace on the top of Nghia Linh mountain, the incense offering ceremony to commemorate the Hung Kings was officially kicked off.

In the opening speech, Mr. Ha Ke San, Vice Chairman of Phu Tho Provincial People's Committee, Head of the Organizing Committee emphasized: the Hung Kings' death anniversary - Hung Kings Temple Festival is an important event of our nation, a sacred sentiment in the minds and the heart of every Vietnamese people inside or outside the country, a symbol of extremely unique and deep spiritual cultural values, expressed the spirit of solidarity and traditional religious "when drinking water, remember its source", in order to together make up the strength of Vietnam in the process of building and defending the country. 

By emotional, honor and responsibilities, Party, State and people of Phu Tho province, Phu Tho is honored and proud to take behalf of the compatriots of the whole country to look after temple and worship Hung Kings. In the past time, authorities and people of Phu Tho province in collaboration with 4 provinces of Thai Nguyen, Binh Duong, Quang Nam and Kien Giang, representing the regions of the whole country, have carried out many activities for the event such as the death anniversary of the nation's Forefather Lac Long Quan and the incense offering ceremony to Foremother Au Co, the 2018 Viet Tri street folk festival, the palanquin procession of surrounding communes, wards and towns of Hung Kings Temple, etc.

With gratitude to the ancestors, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and leaders of the Party, the State, leaders of Phu Tho province and four participating provinces have offered incense, flowers and offerings to commemorate to the predecessors who built and protected the country, praying a prosperity country and a peacefull life for all Vietnamese people.

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On behalf of the Organizing Board and compatriots throughout the country, Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Bui Minh Chau province has delivered a festive speech, affirming the great significance of Hung Kings' death anniversary; praising the merit of the Great Father Lac long Quan, the Great Mother Au Co and the Hung Kings; praising the resilience of the predecessors and the heroic spirit of the whole people and army in the resistance wars for independence; at the same time, briefing the great achievements of the entire Party and people in the process of reform, integration and development.

Then, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and delegates laid wreaths and offering incense at Hung King's tomb, commemorating President Ho Chi Minh and soldiers who sacrificed for the country at the bas-relief engraved image of Uncle Ho talking with cadres and soldiers of Tien Phong Brigade at Gieng Temple.

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After the ceremony, millions of Vietnamese people in all regions of the country, overseas Vietnamese in the pilgrimage to Hung Kings Temple have offered incense to pay tribute to the Hung Kings and participated in festival activities, folk games.

This year's festival was solemnly held, along with activities to honor the cultural values of the Hung Vuong era. In addition, the Organizing Committee widely disseminated on the intangible cultural heritage of humanity as "Phu Tho Xoan singing" and "Hung Vuong worshiping beliefs in Phu Tho", contributing to raising the Vietnamese culture value in the life of the ethnic community.

On the same day, in locals have temple to worship Hung Kings and generals of Hung Kings period have held simultaneously offered incense to Hung kings under the traditional rituals.

Some photos at the Hung Kings’ Death Anniversary Ceremony:

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