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Many meaningful activities towards Hung Kings’ commemoration day

Update: 19-04-2024 | 12:57:54

In the atmosphere of Hung King's death anniversary nationwide, on the morning of April 18 (March 10 of lunar calendar), provincial Party Committee, People's Council, People's Committee, Fatherland Front Committee solemnly held a ceremony offering incense towards Hung King's Commemoration Day at provincial Museum. The event was attended by Nguyen Van Loi, Member of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of provincial Party Committee, Head of provincial National Assembly deputy delegation; Vo Van Minh, Vice-Secretary of provincial Party Committee, Chairman of provincial People's Committee; Nguyen Van Loc, Member of provincial Party Standing Committee, Chairman of provincial People's Council; Nguyen Loc Ha, Member of provincial Party Standing Committee, Vice-Chairman of provincial People's Committee and comrades in provincial Party Standing Committee; Nguyen Thi My Hang, Chairwoman of provincial Fatherland Front Committee; leaders of departments, sectors and localities along with representatives of ethnic minorities, religious dignitaries and Youth Union members and students across the province.

Meaning of the ceremony

Although the incense offering ceremony only lasted about 1 hour, it fully expressed its meaning. To begin the incense offering ceremony, Nguyen Van Loi, Secretary of provincial Party Committee and Vo Van Minh, Chairman of provincial People's Committee performed the gong and drum opening ceremony. Before the altar of the Fatherland, leaders of the province, departments, sectors and localities along with representatives of ethnic minorities, religious dignitaries, Youth Union members... respectfully bowed and offered incense, expressing gratitude to great contributions by the Hung Kings who worked hard to create the country so that today's children and grandchildren can live in prosperity, freedom and happiness.

Provincial leaders perform a ritual of offering incense to the National Ancestor altar on the occasion of Hung King's death anniversary at provincial Museum on the morning of April 18 (March 10 of the lunar calendar)

For many generations, all Vietnamese people have been proud of having the bloodline of “Children of the Dragon, Grandchildren of Immortal Sages”. In the mind of every Vietnamese person, the Hung Kings are the common ancestors of the entire nation and those who established Van Lang - the first state in Vietnam's history, laying the foundation for the formation and development of the country. Worshiping the Hung Kings is a spiritual activity to pray for good weather, a peaceful and prosperous country. The profound meaning of worshiping the Hung Kings is to remind, connect and strengthen the solidarity, love and mutual support of the Vietnamese ethnic community.

Reading a speech commemorating the merits of the Hung Kings at the incense offering ceremony, Nguyen Loc Ha, Vice-Chairman of provincial People's Committee affirmed that through many ups and downs of thousands of years of history, the belief in worshiping the Hung Kings has still persisted, contributing to promoting the soul, emotions and will of the entire nation. This is the source of strength for the Vietnamese people to overcome all difficulties and challenges to endure and develop constantly.

Reporting in front of the national ancestor altar, Mr. Ha said that in engraving, preserving and promoting that precious and good tradition, over the past time, thanks to the efforts by the entire Party, government, political system, people from all strata and the cooperation and contributions of the business community, the province has maintained high growth, completing the set goals and tasks at the highest level, achieving many important and quite comprehensive results in all fields.

Mr.Ha emphasized that in order to further inherit and promote national cultural identity, traditional ethics, resilience, dynamism, creativity and achieve the set goals in the coming time, the entire Party, people and army of Binh Duong province need to further unite and make more efforts, following the footsteps of our ancestors underUncle Ho’s teachings: "Hung Kings had the merit of founding the country. We must work together to protect it".

Exciting festival

Following the meaningful incense offering ceremony, delegates, guests and people had the opportunity to visit an exhibition on "Hung Kings’ period through documents and images" at provincial Museum. Duong Ngoc Hai, Deputy Director of provincial Museum said that the exhibition is open to serve visitors until April 30. The display has 4 main themes, including archaeological relics; State in the era of the Hung Kings; monuments worshiping Hung Kings in Vietnam; the Party, State and people paying tribute to their ancestors' merits. With about 120 documents and images, the display will introduce an overview of cultural traditions and history as well as more valuable information to visitors in order to serve their learning, research and study.

The contest of making “banh chung”, “banh tet”, decorating cake trays" takes place attractively and absorbs the participation of many people

Activities in the festival taking place at Thu Dau Mot park also attracted many people. The activity is organized by the city’s Center for Culture, Information and Sports in coordination with the city’s units and organizations. Here, there were many cultural-sports activities and folk games such as con ball throwing, mandarin square capturing...These activities created a joyful atmosphere, serving the spiritual and cultural enjoyment needs of people from all strata.

Especially, the contest of making “banh chung” (square glutious rice cake), “banh tet” (round glutious rice cake), decorating cake trays" was quite impressive because this traditional activity was welcomed by many people. Participating teams from wards in Thu Dau Mot city came here early to prepare together, making  delicious “banh chung”, “banh tet” and decorating eye-catching cake trays. Pham Ngoc Tan (68 years old) in Dinh Hoa ward’s quarter 4 in Thu Dau Mot city said: "On this meaningful death anniversary, we have the opportunity to participate in making “banh chung” and “banh tet”. I am very excited. Our origin is agriculture, so the contest not only contributes to preserving tradition, but also helps young generations to remember their roots, know about history and work together to preserve, promote the meaningful cultural traditions of the nation".

The "worship of the Hung Kings" has become the cultural identity and traditional morality of the Vietnamese people, expressing the gratitude of today's generations for the merits of their ancestors in the cause of building and defending the country. And it has been recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

Reported by Hong Thuan-Translated by Kim Tin

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