THE GIONG FESTIVAL

The Giong Festival is held annually in Phu Dong Village, Gia Lam District, Hanoi.
This large festival is held on the 9th day of the 4th month of the lunar calendar. The date commemorates the Saint Giong who defeated the An invaders. In order to show their gratitude to the hero of Giong Village, who sacrificed his life to fight the invaders, people have proclaimed him Saint Giong.


Preparation for the festival occurs from the 1st day of the 3rd month to the 5th day of the 4th month of the lunar calendar. The procession marches from the Mother Temple to Thuong Temple with the performance of a religious service. After reaching the temple, a feast to the troops occurs. When night falls, a Cheo play is performed (a classical opera of Vietnamese). The festivities ends on the 10th day of the 4th month, as the troops withdraw and a thanksgiving procession occurs.

At the Giong Festival, people can make connections with their neighborhood, with relations between the individual within a community, and with the past and present. This festival blends together the traditions of love for the motherland and the preservations of cultural heritage.

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