|Hạ Temple-Thượng Temple-Ỷ La Temple Festival will be held from March 8 to 13. — Photo panoramio.com|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Hạ Temple-Thượng Temple-Ỷ La Temple Festival will be held on a grand scale in the northern province of Tuyên Quang to mark it being recognised as a national festival.
"The festival will take place from March 8 to 13 at the three temples to respect the Mother of Water religion and popularise it among the Vietnamese people," Tô Hoàng Linh, chairman of Tuyên Quang People’s Committee, said at the press conference in Hà Nội.
"Mother Goddess, representing the three realms of the universe – Heaven, Water and Mountain -- is the most important religion in Việt Nam. The traditional festival honouring Mother of Water is being organised by Tuyên Quang Province to preserve and develop national relic sites. The province wants to popularise the festival to attract tourists and promote the tourism economy," the chairman said.
The festival will open at the Hạ Temple in Tân Quang Commune with a ceremony and festive activities, such as a water procession, release of lanterns, performances of rituals and a culinary contest, as well as a photo exhibition, circus, water puppetry and folk games.
Hạ Temple and Thượng Temple were built in 1738 and 1767, respectively, and are dedicated to Princess Phương Dung and Princess Ngọc Lân -- Hùng King’s daughters.
The festival was revived in 2007 and is being held every year since then. — VNS