01/12/2016 16:38 GMT+7 print

Cua Ong Temple Festival recognised as national intangible cultural heritage

Quang Ninh, December 1 (VNA) – Cua Ong Temple Festival in the northern province of Quang Ninh was one of 17 new items on the national intangible cultural heritage list recognised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Cua Ong Temple is located nearby Bai Tu Long Bay, which is close to the World Heritage Ha Long Bay. The temple has three areas including Lower Temple, Middle Temple and Upper Temple.

It is dedicated to Tran Quoc Tang, a hero in the resistance war against Mongol invaders under the Tran Dynasty in the 11th century.

The Cua Ong Temple festival is held to commemorate his contributions to defeating the aggressors and defending the Northeast region.

The festival is held from the second day of the first lunar month to the 30th day of the third lunar month. The main festival day is on the third and the fourth days of the second lunar month.

The festival includes rituals and processions.

The recognised items include traditional festivals, rituals and customs, traditional handicrafts and folk performances.

Some of the other 16 heritages are Luu Xa communal house festival in Hoa Chinh commune, Chuong My district, Hanoi; birthday celebration Hat khoan of the Nung ethnic group in Na Ri district, Bac Kan province; Bai Choi singing in Da Nang City; and traditional embroidering in Dong Cuu, Dung Tien commune, Hanoi’s Thuong Tin district, among others.