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The incense offering ceremony to commemorate the Hung Kings in 2020

Thursday, 2020-04-02 12:06:09
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PTO - On the morning of April 2nd (i.e the lunar March 10th), at Kinh Thien palace on Nghia Linh mountain in Hung King 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 Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc - Politburo member, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam; Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Thien - Member of the Party Central Committee, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The ceremony also saw the attendance of Mr. Bui Minh Chau, Secretary of Phu Tho Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Council, Head of the Provincial NA delegation; Mr. Bui Van Quang, Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee, the officiating priest of the 2020 Hung Kings' Death Anniversary; Hoang Cong Thuy - Standing Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee.

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Due to the complicated situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's event was still hold on national level scale yet only the rituals without the festival, along with shortening the incense offering ceremony. Previously, the Provincial People's Committee directed the Department of Health to ensure COVID-19 disease prevention procedures for delegates during the process of incense offering.

In the sacred moment on the top of Nghia Linh mountain, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Secretary of the Phu Tho Party Committee Bui Minh Chau, Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee Bui Van Quang and the delegates respectfully offered incense, flowers and offerings to commemorate to the Hung Kings and the predecessors who built and protected the country so that the descendants would continue to build an increasingly rich and strong Vietnam; praying a prosperity country and a peacefull life for all Vietnamese people.

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In front of the Hung Kings' soul, on behalf of the compatriots throughout the country, Mr. Bui Van Quang - Deputy Secretary of the Phu Tho Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee, the officiating priest of the 2020 Hung Kings' Death Anniversary delivered a festive speech to commemorate to the Hung Kings:

In the sacred moment of Hung Kings' death anniversary, millions Vietnamese people inside and outside the country towards to Hung King Temple with the respect to pay tribute to the merits of the Hung Kings and the predecessors who contributed to national construction and defense.

Carrying out the cause of national renewal initiated and led by the Communist Party of Vietnam; for over 30 years, under the leadership of the Party; the effective operation of the National Assembly; the innovation in the direction and administration of the Government; the efforts of all levels, sectors, economic background and the people, Vietnam have achieved many great and important achievements in all fields; becoming a developing country with average income from a poor country due to be devastated by wars; social welfare has been ensured; political security and national sovereignty were firmly defened; external relations, international cooperation and integration have been expanded; the great national unity bloc has been constantly  reinforced; the combined strength of the country has been increasingly increased; the position and prestige in the international arena have been increasingly enhanced.

However, the country still faces many difficulties and challenges; due to the complicated and unpredictable fluctuations of the economic and political situation in the world and on region; the intrinsic constraints of the economy, and unusual developments of climate change, epidemics, etc. Especially, Covid - 19 pandemic has greatly influenced socio-economic activities and people's life.

In front of the soul of the Hung Kings and predecessors, we vow: To continue the tradition of predecessors, striving to overcome all difficulties and challenges together for the cause of the national construction and defense; promoting the solidarity, aspiration and strength of the nation in combination with the power of the times to firmly defend the national sovereignty. We pledge to unite to build a more and more prosperous ancestral land; taking care, building, renovating and presevating the ancestral mausoleum for Lac Hong descendants to worship forever.

Praying for national peace, prosperity, and strong development, people living in a happy life; whole country overcoming difficulties, successfully achieving the targets of socio-economic development; successfully organizing Party congresses at all levels towards 13th National Party Congress.

Praying for a good weather, a bumper crops; soon preventing Covid -19 pandemic. Lac Hong descendants all over the country, overseas Vietnamese are always healthy, prosperous and happy.

Lac Hong's descendants pledge to protect the national sovereignty forever, building an increasingly rich and beautiful country and a happy life for people.

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After the incense offering ceremony at Thuong Temple, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and delegates laid wreaths and offering incense at Hung King's tomb; offered wreaths at the bas-relief engraved image of Uncle Ho talking with cadres and soldiers of Tien Phong Brigade.

The death anniversary of Hung Kings in 2020 ensured solemnity, respect, and safety along with activities to honor the cultural values of the Hung King era; at the same time, ensuring COVID-19 disease prevention measures.  
 

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The Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has compiled a document of the meaning of the worship of Hung King and the death anniversary of Hung Kings to disseminate on mass media, as well as sent it to the Central Committee for Propaganda and Education to publish nationwide. In particular, this year's Vietnam Ancestral Global Day 2020 is celebrated online, to promote great national unity and connect overseas Vietnamese people with the nation; widely disseminating two intangible cultural heritages of humanity: "Phu Tho Xoan Singing" and "worship of Hung Kings" to local people and international friends; contributing to raising the value of Vietnamese culture in the lives of community and on the international arena.

This year, due to the request of strict nationwide social distancing rules, the major activity on today is “the grateful meal” offering Hung Kings at every households in the province. A meal with indispensable things such as Chung cake, Giay cake and glutinous rice all associated with the symbol of Hung Vuong era.

Hoang Quy - Quoc Dai

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