The Côn Sơn-Kiếp Bạc Festival was recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage in 2012. This year, it will attract 30,000 people. – VNA/VNS Mạnh Minh
Viet Nam News
HẢI DƯƠNG — The 2016 Côn Sơn-Kiếp Bạc Autumn Festival, held in Hải Dương Province, is expected to attract an estimate of nearly 30,000 visitors this year, according to the event’s organisers.
The festival, held from September 10-20, commemorates the contributions of General Trần Hưng Đạo, amongst the most revered figures in Vietnamese history for his role in the country’s victories over three major 13th century Mongolian invasions.
The festival also honours Nguyễn Trãi, a poet and Confucian scholar who was recognised an Outstanding Man of Culture by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) in 1980.
The festival features activities such as a lantern-release ceremony to pray for the country’s peace and prosperity and a military boat parade on Lục Đầu River that re-enacts the Trần Dynasty army during the second struggle against Mongolian invaders. The celebration was recognised as national intangible cultural heritage in 2012. — VNS