Today, Wednesday, the 25th of April, the Hung Kings’ Temple Festival is celebrated in Vietnam. The festival lasts from the 8th to the 11th day of the third lunar month, the main festival day falls on the 10th day, which is thus recognized as a national holiday in Vietnam.
This festival is for celebrating the Hung Kings, which are traditionally considered the founders of the Nation and its first emperors.
The first of these emperors came into power almost 3000 years before Christ and his descendants maintained power for approximately 2500 years, until 258 BC, when An Duong Vuong took control defeating the last emperor of the Hung dynasty.
The official name of the festival is the Death Anniversary of the Hung Kings despite none of Hung King emperors having died during these particular days.
In order to celebrate the festival a procession of people flock to the Hung Temple, which is located in Phu Tho Province, less than 100 km from Hanoi. The procession starts from the base of the mountain and ends at the Hung Temple and pilgrims stop in front of each temple they meet during their journey, upon arriving at the Hung Temple, they pray and make offerings.
However, the Hung Temple Festival is not the only national holiday in Vietnam during this period, additionally, International Workers’ Day and Reunification Day are celebrated in Vietnam on April 30th.
Also known as Saigon Fall, Victory Day or Liberation Day, Reunification day aims to celebrate the conclusive act of the Vietnam War and the beginning of the unification process.
On April 30th, 1975 the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese troops defeated the Republic of Vietnam’s troops, capturing Saigon and from that point on Saigon has been called Ho Chi Minh City, in honor of Ho Chi Minh, the general who defeated the French Union in 1954.
On the Reunification Day many parades are organized in HCMC and the entire country is full of people waving Vietnamese flags in national pride. Due to the festivities of the holiday, banks and government offices are closed, but tourists should not have too many problems as many shops and museums remain open.
DP Group wishes all the Vietnamese friends a Happy Hung Kings’ Temple Festival and Reunification Day!