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Festivals in Bac Giang province

Bo Da Pagoda Festival

Time: the 28th day of the second lunar month.

Place: Thuong Lan Commune, Viet Yen District, Bac Giang Province.

Objects of worship: The ancestral bonze, who had merit of building the pagoda.

Characteristics: Commemorating the anniversary of the ancestral bonze’s death.

Canh Bau Pagoda Festival

Time: 8th day of the eleventh lunar month.

Place: Canh Bau Pagoda, Dai Lam Commune, Lang Giang District, Bac Giang Province.

Characteristics: Gourd contest, which gourds are big, nice will win the prize.

My An Festival

Time: 7th day of the first lunar month.

Place: Truong Giang Commune, Luc Nam District, Bac Giang Province.

Objects of worship: General Vu Thanh (who made feats of arms in the struggle against the Yuan-Mongolian aggressors in the Tran Dynasty).

Characteristics: Mimic battle performance; throw offerings and vie for lucky; making cake contest.

San Pagoda Festival

Time: the 27th day of the second lunar month.

Place: Luc Nam District, Bac Giang Province.

Characteristics: Worshipping Buddha, setting up an altar to welcome flags from everywhere, offering to Buddha Trinity (the three treasure: Buddha, his law and the bonze), Duc Ong (His Royal Highness), the ten great halls, ancestral kowtowing, the Mau (Mother) kowtowing.

Suoi Mo Temple Festival

Time: The 1st day of the fourth lunar month.

Place: Suoi Mo Temple, Nghia Phuong Commune, Luc Nam District, Bac Giang Province.

Objects of worship: The Holy Mother of the Three Palaces.

Characteristics: Praying for people’s peaceful life and prosperous, good crops. Boys and girls sing giao duyen songs (singing dialogues between boys and girls).

Thai Dao Communal House Festival

Time: The 19th day of the fifth lunar month.

Place: Thai Dao Communal House, Thai Dao Commune, Lang Giang District, Bac Giang Province.

Objects of worship: General Vu Thanh.

Characteristics: Traditional games: wrestling, swinging, human chess, Chinese chess, vying for ball.

Thang Village Festival

Time: The 7th day of the ninth lunar month.

Place: Thang Communal House, Duc Thang Commune, Hiep Hoa District, Bac Giang Province.

Objects of worship: Khong Minh Khong (the bonze of Ly Dynasty) – the ancestor of forge and Duong Tu Minh (a general of Ly Dynasty).

Characteristics: Sacrifices-offering ceremony and displaying forge instruments, contest of running to vie for flags, vying for ball and giving a feast to the troops in the middle of communal house’s yard.

Tho Ha Village Festival

Time: From 20th to 22nd day of the first lunar month.

Place: Tho Ha Village, Van Ha Commune, Viet Yen District, Bac Giang Province

Objects of worship: Dao Tri Tien (the ceramic ancestor of Tho Ha Village).

Characteristics: Procession ceremony, sacrifice ceremony, van song.

Thuong Market Festival

Time: 2nd day of the first lunar month.

Place: Thuong Village, Cao Thuong Commune, Tan Yen District, Bac Giang Province.

Objects of worship: Cao Son – Qui Minh.

Characteristics: Spring festive day; selling and buying goods, local specialities.

Tram rung (canari falling) Festival

Time: The eighth lunar month.

Place: Dong Vuong Commune, Yen The District, Bac Giang Province.

Characteristics: The festival is held in the best house of the village. Offerings are canaries, which made from steamed glutinous rice. After worshipping, the steamed-glutinous-rice canaries are thrown for everyone to get for good luck.

Truc Tay Communal House Festival

Time: the 22nd day of the second lunar month.

Place: Viet Yen District, Bac Giang Province.

Objects of worship: The Saint Tam Giang.

Characteristics: Traditional games: skiff-rowing race, rowing boat for catching ducks

Tu Ha Temple Festival

Time: 8th day of the first lunar month.

Place: Ha Ho Temple, Hong Giang Commune, Luc Ngan District, Bac Giang Province.

Objects of worship: General Vu Thanh (who had a feats of arms during the wars against Yuan-Mongolian aggressions in the 13th century).

Characteristics: Performing glorious feats of arms of General Vu Thành, lion dancing contest of which human overlap, xoong hao singing (love-song of the Dao), wrestling contest, chèo popular opera performances of many chèo theatrical local groups

Yen The Festival

Time: March 16 (solar calendar)

Place: Cau Go Townlet, Yen The District, Bac Giang Province

Objects of worship: Hoang Hoa Tham, a general and peasant leader who championed the struggle against colonialism for more than 30 years.

Characteristics: Traditional games: wrestling, swinging, human chess, Chinese chess, cock-fighting, lion dances, horse races and archery, vying for ball…

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