|Tram Gian pagoda festival. - File Photo
HA NOI (VNS) - The Tram Gian pagoda festival, which is held at one of the oldest pagodas in Viet Nam, will begin on Sunday and conclude on Tuesday.
Located in the Tien Lu Village of the Chuong My district, 20 kilometres southwest of central Ha Noi, the pagoda was constructed in 1185 during the reign of King Ly Cao Tong, and has undergone numerous rounds of reconstruction and restoration over time.
During the annual festival, worshippers gather at the pagoda to pay homage to Buddha and Saint Boi, known for having mastered Buddhism and for his many other miracles.
A palanquin procession featuring the God will open the festival, followed by a feast basket procession, which includes chung cake and giay cake made by the pagoda's monks and nuns.
The event also features many popular folk games, such as human chess, wrestling and water puppetry. A vegetarian cooking contest will be held on Tuesday.
Every year, the festival attracts thousands of worshippers. -VNS