The Tien pagoda festival in Phu Nghia commune, Lac Thuy district will be held as a provincial-level event from February 12-14, said Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Van Toan.
Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Van Toan and local officials direct preparations for the Tien pagoda festival.
Toan, who is also head of the festival organising committee, said that the Tien (Fairy) pagoda festival is a cultural and folk belief activity that is restored and held annually to preserve, promote the traditional cultural values, and meet the spiritual needs of people. It also contributes to promoting the great solidarity among ethnic groups and boosting tourism of the district and Hoa Binh province.
Regarding the festival organisation this year, the provincial official said that an incense offering ceremony will take place on February 12 morning (the third day of the lunar year) and a ceremony on the afternoon of the same day with rituals asking local gods for permission to open the festival.
On February 13, the festival will officially start with palanquin processions: the procession of the Three Monsignors from Trinh Temple; the Procession of the Holy Mother's palanquin from the Thanh Mau Temple; the Procession of the palanquin of the god worshipped in the communal house from the Trung communal house. They are followed by the official festival opening ceremony with numerous activities such as musical performances, lion/ dragon dancing, stilt walking, bamboo dancing, and the Muong Gong ensemble.
Festive activities include folk games, and volleyball friendly matches among teams from districts of Yen Thuy, Kim Boi, Lac Son, Tan Lac and Lac Thuy.
Visitors can also enjoy a folk art exchange programme featuring ethnic musical instruments, Muong gong art performances, folk singing and demonstrations of the belief of worshipping the Mother Goddess of the Three Palaces by artisans from Trinh temple, Mau temple, and Tien pagoda.
Within the framework of the festival, a spring fair also takes place with over 40 booths that offer agricultural products, handicrafts, One Commune-One Product (OCOP) products, and local food.
Bui Van Cuong, a local from Bo town of Hoa Binh’s Kim Boi district, has made his first visit to Chai village, Vong La commune of Hanoi’s outskirt Dong Anh district where late Party General Secretary Truong Chinh drafted the "Outline of Vietnamese Culture”, the first platform on culture 81 years ago. For Vietnamese culture lovers like Cuong, the historical relic site is a must-visit place.
Tan Pheo commune in Da Bac district has been long inhabited by people of several ethnic minority groups such as Tay, Dao and Muong. Each ethnic group has its own culture and unique customs during Tet. For the Tay people, although life has changed a lot, their cultural identity and customs of celebrating the Lunar New Year are still preserved and passed down.
In 2024, the Festival of Tien pagoda takes place on a provincial scale from February 12th – 14th, 2024 (Lunnar January 3rd – 5th). In particular, the opening ceremony is expected to be held in the afternoon of February 12th (Lunar January 3rd); The opening ceremony takes place on February 13th (Lunar January 4th) at Tien Pagoda yard in the tourism area of Tien Pagoda, Phu Nghia commune.
Mai Chau district of Hoa Binh province is endowed by nature with picturesque landscapes. It also boasts traditional culture and arts of local Thai, Muong, Mong, Dao ethnic minority groups to help the locality to develop tourism associated with cultural conservation and promotion.
On January 20th, at Xa Linh hamlet’s stadium, Pa Co commune (Mai Chau), the Party Committee, the People's Council, and the People's Committee of 2 communes, Pa Co and Hang Kia, held the opening ceremony of Gau Tao festival of Mong ethnic group in 2024.