Vietnam celebrates the Hùng Kings

Vietnam celebrates the Hùng Kings

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Now through the end of April

The Hung kings ruled the country from 2879 to 258 BC, over 2,000 years

The Festival lasts from the 9th to 13th day of the Third Lunar Month, with the 10th day being the main day. The festival offers an opportunity for the Vietnamese to visit their land of origin, and involves, among other things, a procession of traditional cakes (“Bánh trưng” – a four-cornered rice cake, “Bánh dày” – a rice pie), “Xoan” folk song contest and bronze drum performances.

The 10th day of the third lunar month is dedicated to commemorating the anniversary of the death of the founder of the Vietnamese nation—the first Hung King. The Hung kings ruled the country from 2879 to 258 BC, over 2,000 years. According to historical records, the regime of the Hung Kings was an impressive, brilliant and outstanding start for establishing Vietnam as a sovereign nation. The 18 generations of the Hung Kings saw the birth and development of a nation and are credited with forging national characteristics such as the sense of community, mutual affection, patriotism and unwillingness to yield to oppression. From this original settlement, the Hong (Red) River civilization and the pre-Dong Son cultures grew.

A national-level commemoration of the first rulers of Vietnam – the Hung kings – will be organized for ten days this month in the northern province of Phú Thọ and two days in other provinces and cities throughout the country.

An estimated 500,000 people will visit the temple site per day during the festival. The same event last year attracted 4 million people in total.

Further information can be found here.

Translation from English to Vietnamese kindly provided by my Vietnamese teacher, Bùi Phương Thảo. I need your help: If you know of any upcoming event for this column, please let me know.

Hanoi Grapevine focuses mainly on contemporary art and culture in Vietnam, but we also post information about events that are part of Vietnam’s rich cultural heritage.
Mr. Roman Szlam, a student of Vietnamese language, history and culture, has a passion for attending and learning about the world of Vietnamese traditional cultural events. He has offered to provide us with information that crosses his path about such events in Hanoi as he explores this aspect of life in Vietnam.

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