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The traditional Hung King’s festival in Vietnam

Hi, how are you doing? Are you ready for some useful information? Today Saigon Free Day Tours will tell you about a special festival in Vietnam.

Traditionally, the Hung King’s festival is held on 10th March of the Chinese calendar annually . It’s a chance for Vietnamese people to remember and show respect for the 18 Hung Kings who established the first nation state of Vietnam – Van Lang state.

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In order to show respect to all the Kings, people prepare possesty for the festival, some are the traditional dishes of Vietnam such as 18 Day cakes and Chung cakes which stand for 18 Hung Kings, palm fruits with betel leaves, wine, five-fruit tray along with incense – a must have thing in almost any traditional Vietnamese festivals.

The Day cake has rounded shape, stands for the sky and usually has no cake filler.

The Chung cake has squared shape, stands for the earth and has non-vegetarian filler.

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Beside all the standard possesty, additionally, in some other localities, the tradition is a little bit different.

The possesty such as steamed sticky rice, fruit, wine, incense, salty rice, boiled chicken, black pork or maybe even a carp are the traditions of Hung King’s festival at some places.

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According to the old legend story, Lac Long Quan – a dragon in human form and Au Co – a fairy gave birth to 100 children, half of them went to the sea and half of them stayed on land. Those who stayed on land built the first nation state of Vietnam – Van Lang at Phu Tho province.

To the local, Hung King is also the god of farming. He taught the farmer how to plow their fields, and how to transplant their rice.

So, in term of religion belief, the festival’s purpose is to pray for the good weather for farming, for farmers to have an abundant harvesting season

“Dù ai đi ngược về xuôi

Nhớ ngày giỗ tổ mồng mười tháng ba…”

This traditional poem is to remind the people that wherever they are or whatever they are doing, they are still the children of a miracle, the descendants of a dragon and a fairy and not to forget their origin.

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