|The Thầy Thím Temple Culture and Tourism Festival was held in La Gi Town of Bình Thuận coastal province on November 2-4. — Photo baobinhthuan.com.vn|Viet Nam News
BÌNH THUẬN — More than 200,000 locals and visitors are taking part in the Thầy Thím Temple Culture and Tourism Festival in La Gi Town in coastal Bình Thuận Province, which closes on November 4.
The event, which began on November 2, featured rituals worshipping ancestors, including the couple Thầy (Master) and Thím (Lady).
According to legend, Thầy and Thím use their magic powers to help and cure poor people, and to build boats for fishermen. The legend was illustrated by a miniature statue at the venue.
The festival also included a lion dance, folk music performances, and traditional games.
The Thầy Thím Temple was built in 1879. Each year, local people organise a festival on September 14-16 of the lunar calendar to show their respect to the couple.
This year’s festival celebrates the 20th anniversary of the temple, which is slated to be recognised as a National Artistic and Architectural Relic. — VNS