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The incense offering ceremony to commemorate Hung Kings in 2019

Sunday, 2019-04-14 08:56:22
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PTĐT - On the morning of April 14th (ie lunar March 10th), at Kinh Thien palace on 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

The ceremony saw the attendance of Mrs. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Chairwoman of the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam; members of the Party Central Committee, leadership of central departments, ministries, branches and localities of the country.

The ceremony also saw the attendance of  Mr. Bui Minh Chau, Secretary of Phu Tho Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Council, Head of the Provincial NA delegation; Mr. Bui Van Quang, Standing Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee, the officiating priest of the 2019 Hung King's' Death Anniversary; 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 2019 and compatriots across the country and Vietnamese overseas.

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At 6:00 am, in the solemn atmosphere, the incense offering delegation, the groups of flag, music band, palanquin procession departed from the festival center yard to Thuong Temple.

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

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In the opening speech, Mr. Ho Dai Dung, 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, Phu Tho takes behalf of the compatriots of the whole country to look after temple and worship the ancestors. The authorities and people of Phu Tho province in collaboration with provinces of Nghe An, Son La, and Can Tho city, representing the regions of the whole country, have actively carried out many activities for the event. In particular, the highlight is the incense offering ceremony to Hung Kings of districts, towns and cities in the province; the Great Father Lac Long Quan’s death anniversary and  the incense offering ceremony to Great Mother Au Co; the art program to welcome Hung King's Death Anniversary - Hung King Temple Festival in 2019; the palanquin procession of surrounding communes of Hung King Temple; the Chung cake and Giay cake making contest; the cultural camps of districts, towns and cities in the province; Hung Vuong Cup volleyball tournament in 2019, etc.

In the sacred moment on the top of Nghia Linh mountain, Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Secretary Bui Minh Chau, and Chairman Bui Van Quang and delegates respectfully offered incense, flowers and offerings to commemorate to Hung Kings - the predecessors who built and protected the country, praying a prosperity country and a peacefull life for all Vietnamese people.

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In front of Hung Kings' soul, on behalf of the compatriots throughout the country, Chairman Bui Van Quang delivered a festive speech, affirming the great significance of Hung Kings' death anniversary; praising the ancestors' merit, the resilience of the predecessors 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.

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Affirming the descendants always in a solidarity to overcome difficulties and challenges, grasping the opportunities, showing the determination in building the more and more beautiful and civilized country, contributing to the friendship peace in the world.

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After the incense offering ceremony at Thuong Temple, Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and delegates laid wreaths and offering incense at Hung King's tomb, the bas-relief engraved image of Uncle Ho talking with cadres and soldiers of Tien Phong Brigade. 

This year's festival was solemnly held, along with activities to honor the cultural values of the Hung King era, widely disseminating on the intangible cultural heritage of humanity as "Phu Tho Xoan singing" and "The worship of Hung Kings", contributing to raising the Vietnamese culture value in the life of the ethnic community and the world.

On the same day, at the same time to the incense offering ceremony in Hung King Temple, 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. Families in the whole province also made “the grateful meal” to pay their respects to the ancestors. This is one of the special activity encouraged by Phu Tho province in this occasion.

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