Festival honouring Tan Vien Mountain Saint opens in Hanoi’s Ba Vi District

The annual Tan Vien Son Thanh (Tan Vien Mountain Saint) festival kicked off at Ha Temple in Hanoi’s outlying district of Ba Vi on February 4.
A performance at the opening ceremony (Photo: hanoimoi.com.vn)
A performance at the opening ceremony (Photo: hanoimoi.com.vn)

The event opened with an incense-offering ceremony to worship Tan Vien Mountain Saint and pray for a new year full of favourable weather conditions, prosperity and happiness.

The festivalgoers then attended a palanquin procession and enjoyed a drum performance and a stage act on Tan Vien Mountain Saint.

The two-day festival also includes various sporting events and folk games, such as tug of war, stilt walking, stick pushing, cock fighting, and a football tournament.

The festival, which was recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2018, commemorates Tan Vien Mountain Saint – one of the four immortals of traditional Vietnamese mythology.