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Various events to celebrate Hung Kings’ death anniversary


A wide range of activities will take place as from April 7 (the 5th day of the
3rd lunar month) in the northern province of Phu Tho to commemorate the death
anniversary of Hung Kings and celebrate the Hung Temple Festival in 2011.

The activities will be jointly held by Phu Tho and five other provinces, namely
Tuyen Quang, Hoa Binh, Nam Dinh, Quang Ngai and Dong Thap.

Incense offering ceremonies to the first rulers of Vietnam – the Hung Kings and
the legendary ancestors of the nation will be held on April 7, 8 and 12 with the
main ceremony to be hosted by Phu Tho on April 12 (the 10th day of the 3rd lunar

The festival that will last from April 8-12 will include a lion dance, a Xoan
singing (ancestor worship singing) festival, an exhibition of offerings to the
Hung Kings and a contest on making the traditional "banh chung" (square
glutinous rice cake) and "banh day" (rice cake).

Phu Tho Province will also host an international seminar on "The worship of Hung
Kings" as part of efforts to bid for UNESCO's recognition of as an intangible
cultural heritage.

Legend has it that Lac Long Quan, who was a dragon, met and married fairy Au Co,
who later gave birth to 100 eggs from which 100 children sprang forth. The
couple then parted due to their different origins. The man went seawards with 50
of their children, while his wife went to the mountains with the other half of
the clan. The eldest son, who followed his father, later installed himself as
Vietnam's first Hung King and today's Vietnamese people are said to be
descendants of those children.