Lunar New Year festivals held nationwide

The Tich Dien (Ploughing)-Doi Son festival opened in Doi Son commune in northern Ha Nam province’s Duy Tien district on the 7th day of Lunar New Year (February 16). The festival originated more than 1,000 years ago during the Le dynasty when King Le Dai Hanh visited Doi Son commune and decided to plough a field to encourage farmers to highly value agriculture and pray for bumper crops.

The annual event aims to educate younger generations about the traditional love for labour and encourage them to build a strong and wealthy nation.

* The Thuong (Upper) Temple festival commemorating national hero Tran Quoc Tuan will be held at the Thuong temple historical site in the northern mountainous city of Lao Cai from the 13th-15th day of the first lunar month (February 22-24) with traditional rituals and folk games.

The festival is part of the ‘Return to the root’ 2013 tourism programme co-organised by the northern provinces of Phu Tho, Yen Bai and Lao Cai.

* Bac Ninh Tourism and Culture Week will take place in the Red River Delta province of Bac Ninh from February 18 to 27 (the 9th to 18th of the first lunar month).

The event will involve activities such as the Bac Ninh Trade and Tourism Fair 2013, the Lim Festival, the Quan ho (love duet) singing contest, Lim Festival, the Spring Newspaper Festival and an art programme themed ‘Returning to the land of Love Duets’.

The week is part of the activities in response to the National Tourism Year – Red River Delta 2013 which is expected to be launched in many provinces and cities in the Red River Delta region.

* A festival to commemorate two historical figures, Doan Van Kham and Doan Thuong, was held at Doan Thuong Temple in Hai Duong province’s Gia Loc district on February 17, the 8th day of the first lunar month.

The festival offers an opportunity for local people to pay tribute and show their gratitude to the two figures from the Ly dynasty who contributed greatly to the expansion and stabilisation of people’s lives in the Hong Chau area (Hai Duong, Hung Yen, Hai Phong, and parts of Quang Ninh and Hanoi now).