THUA THIEN-HUE (VNS)— Thousands of visitors have been flocking to the Hon Chen Temple for the spring festival to worship the Goddess Po Nagar, also known as Mother of the Land in the Champa culture.
The temple lies on a hillside looking down on the poetic Huong River and the only entrance to the holy temple.
The festival's main ceremonies included a parade welcoming the Mother Goddess to the temple and a ritual music performance.
Visitors had the opportunity to watch ritual dancing and light incense for their families. Dancers wore colourful traditional clothes for a unique performance that brought a holy atmosphere to the ceremony. The highlight of the festival was a boat procession that included many colourful vessels decorated with traditional flags.
The temple and its festivals play an important role in the lives of local people and followers from around the country.
Under the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) and the reign of King Dong Khanh, the temple served as a national monument to worship Mother Goddess.
Aside the ritual significance, the complex of wooden temples provides a unique glimpse into traditional architecture. — VNS