Phu Day festival honours traditional folk cultural values

Thousands of visitors and pilgrims have flocked to the 2024 Phu Day Festival, which was held in the northern province of Nam Dinh from April 11-16.
A dragon dance performance at the 2024 Phu Day Festival (Photo: Truong Huy)
A dragon dance performance at the 2024 Phu Day Festival (Photo: Truong Huy)

The six-day festival featured numerous traditional rituals including an incense offering ceremony at the main temple (Tien Huong), recitals of Buddhist scriptures at Van Cat Temple and torchlight procession at Tien Huong temple.

In addition, a wide variety of cultural and artistic events as well as folk games were organised on the occasion, such as Chau Van (ceremonial singing), lion and dragon dances, arts performances at Cay Da Bong Temple, a ‘co nguoi’ (human chess) competition, wrestling, and tug-of-war.

The festival is one of the unique folk cultural activities, contributing to enriching traditional culture of the country.

The event is held annually to honour Mother Goddess Lieu Hanh, one of the four immortals in Vietnamese folklore.

The Phu Day historical and cultural relic site comprises nearly 20 pagodas, temples and palaces. In addition to performing spiritual activities to pray for a better life, visitors to the festival had the chance to enjoy the unique architecture of this relic site, which is considered the birthplace of Chau Van.