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    Some festival in Halong

    Halong Bay festivals is very diverse with both traditional and modern festivals. Halong Bay cruise would like to introduce to you all of festivals and events of Halong bay also Quang Ninh Province. With many festival and event, Halong bay attraction many of foreign tourist. Here are a few unique festivals in Ha Long:

    1. Yen Tu festival

    Yen Tu Festival is held at Yen Tu Mountain, Uong Bi Town, Quang Ninh Province. The festival is from the 10th day of the first lunar month to the end of the third lunar month. Yen Tu is a pagoda complex that comprises 11 pagodas and several accommodated structures (including hundreds of shrines and towers). This place used to be the center of Buddhism of Dai Viet (“Great Viet”, the former name of Vietnam under Ly Dynasty in 11th century). This is also the place that originated the Buddhist sect of Truc Lam. At the highest place is Dong Pagoda (nearly 1.100 meters above the sea level).
    Yearly, thousands of visitors come to Yen Tu after Lunar New Year Festival to pray for lucks and health to themselves and their family in the New Year. They believe that if they can climb to the top of Yen Tu Mountain (Dong Pagoda), they will receive more good things in that year. Along the road to the peak, there is a airy and holy atmosphere of pagoda, stream and forest.

    2. Bach Dang festival

    The festival is organized on the eight day of the fourth lunar month, some years last 4 days and nights. It celebrates the Bach Dang Victories of national heroes struggled against foreign aggression: Ngo Quyen (938); Le Hoan (981); and Tran Hung Đao and the famous generals of the Tran Dynasty (1288).

    The ceremonies are comprised of the usual incense burning and offerings in Tran Hung Dao Temple and Vua BaTemple. The populations of the village stage a procession along the banks of the river, and also have a boat race. Bamboo leaf-shaped kayaks gliding across the water surface with the shouting of spectators celebrate the victories of days gone by.

    Along with the boat races, other entertainment is organized for the festival, such as wrestling, human chess playing, and cock-fighting.

    3. Long Tien pagoda festival

    Long Tiên Pagoda was built quite recently, 1941, and is the largest pagoda in Hạ Long City. The festivities of the pagoda are not reserved solely for Buddhist faithful, but hold a spiritual meaning for every local.
    Some locals say that every day is a festive day at Long Tien Pagoda. Foreign and domestic tourists arrive for sightseeing, while faithful burn incense and recite prayers to Buddha. But it is on the 1st and 15th days of each lunar month that they arrive in greater numbers, and particularly over Tet.
    When spring arrives, it is the festive season for the whole region. People call Long Tien Pagoda Trinh (submit) Pagoda. They arrive to burn joss-sticks here first, afterwards to continue on a pilgrimage to Yen Tu Mountain and finally to participate in the festivities at Cua Ong Temple.

    4. Cua Ong festival

    Cua Ong Festival is annually held in Cua Ong Temple, Quang Ninh Province. It last from the second day of the firth lunar month to the end of the third lunar month of the year.
    Cua Ong Temple is dedicated to Tran Quoc Tang, who was the 3rd son of Tran Hung Dao (lived in 13th century); and Tran Hung Dao’s brave generals, who had great success in fighting against the enemy. This is a historical relic built in Tran Dynasty and overlooking Bai Tu Long Bay. The temple comprises three buildings: the lower, middle and upper temple. It was seriously damaged by the war but now has been restored.

    Joining the festival, tourists can take part in a great ceremony to memorize famous generals of Vietnam. Besides, visitors also have chance to see 34 statues of Tran Hung Dao’s brave generals as well as gaze charming scenery of Bai Tu Long Bay.

    5. Tra Co festival

    Tra Co Festival takes place yearly in Tra Co Communal House in Mong Cai Town, Quang Ninh Province. The festival is held in a week, from the 30th day of the fifth lunar month to the 6th day of the sixth lunar month.
    Tra Co Communal House was built in 1511 with unique architectural style of the later Le Dynasty. The structure was dedicated to tutelary genies of the village. It’s a historical relic that is typical for village culture of Vietnam in feudal period. The communal house is now in well-condition.

    Tra Co Festival is an occasion to memorize tutelary genies of the village and wish the best for the village.

    At the beginning of Tra Co Festival is the ritual procession. After the procession, there are many fun activities for entertainment such as the fattest pig competition, cooking contest and dance. In the fattest pig competition, who own the fattest pig will won the first prize. The pigs joining the competition are called “Ong Voi” (Mr. Elephant). This traditional competition aims at encouraging breeding and agriculture. Besides, there is a cooking contest with the attendance of talented cooks in the village. Finally, the festival ends with a traditional dance which prays for peace and wealth to the village.
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