Phu Tho People’s Committee announced at press meeting that Hung King death anniversary which falls on the 10th day of the third lunar month and Hung Kings Temple Festival 2015 will be taken place from April 23 to 28, 2015.
The first Hùng king was Kinh Dương Vương, who came to power in 2879 BC. He ruled an area covering what is now North Vietnam and part of southern China. The area was called Văn Lang and is regarded as the first nation of the Vietnamese people. Dương Vương founded the Hồng Bàng Dynasty, whose descendants ruled Vietnam until 258 BC.
A procession starts at the foot of the mountain and stops at every temple on the ascent before pilgrims offer prayers and incense to the Hung Kings when they reach the Hung Temple.
A wide range of folk cultural activities and sport games, such as worship and ritual offerings commemorating the Hung Kings, art performances, food fairs, will be organized in Viet Tri, capital of Phu Tho Province and the Temple of the Hung Kings and in adjacent areas during the event.
The festival will open with a special art performance at Hung Vuong Square in Phu Tho Province’s Viet Tri City and be broadcasted live on Viet Nam Television’s VTV1 channel at 8 p.m. on April 24.
A high-range firework display will be held in the closing ceremony.
Phu Tho Province, the organizer of the death anniversary of the Hung Kings, will cooperate with provinces, including Son La, Phu Yen, Dak Nong, Tien Giang and Bac Lieu to give a special day paying tribute to the country’s founders.