|The annual festival of Hoa Lư will be organised with only traditional spiritual ceremonies like incense-offering ceremony. Photo baodantoc.vn|
HÀ NỘI — The annual festival of Hoa Lư in the northern province of Ninh Bình will be held without festivities this year, according to the Provincial People's Committee.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival will be celebrated on a small scale but its respectful spirit will still be retained to ensure both locals and tourists’ safety, the organisers said.
Instead of holding the opening ceremony of Hoa Lư Festival as usual, Ninh Bình Province will exclude its opening ceremony and all other festivities.
Only some traditional ceremonies will be organised by Hoa Lư District People's Committee and the Department of Culture and Sports of Ninh Bình Province, such as the temple-opening ceremony, water procession, the ceremony of Buddha bathing and the thanksgiving ceremony.
The Department of Culture and Sports of Ninh Bình Province will preside over the incense offering ceremony.
Earlier, Ninh Bình Provincial People's Committee drew up a plan for the organisation of Hoa Lư Festival 2021 in November 2020.
The annual festival is one of 100 national intangible cultural heritages. Together with the ancient capital of Hoa Lư, the Hoa Lư Festival is an important part of the World Natural and Cultural Heritage Site of Tràng An scenic complex. It aims to commemorate the national heroes Lê Đại Hành and King Đinh Tiên Hoàng who built and protected the country.
Over the years, the traditional festival has had almost all of its traditional rituals restored, honouring the cultural values of the Đinh-Tiền Lê dynasty (968-1010).
Held from the 9th to the 11th day of the third lunar month, which falls on April 20-22 this year, Hoa Lư Festival typically attracts thousands of attendees. VNS