(Cinet)- The Binh Da Festival in Ha Noi’s Thanh Oai District will be held from April 3 to 6 to commemorate the nation’s legendary progenitor, Lac Long Quan.
Legend says the nation's great father Lac Long Quan passed away in Ba Go (also called Tam Thai Hill). To mark the event, an annual festival is held between the third and sixth days of the third lunar month, which falls on April 3-6 this year. Lac Long Quan (literally "Dragon Lord of Lac") is considered the second Hung king of the Hong Bang Dynasty of ancient Viet Nam (known then as Van Lang and before that as Xich Quy). Lac Long Quan was the son and sole successor of Kinh Duong Vuong (the first Hung king), who ruled over Xich Quy. He is thought to have become king in 2793 BC and figures prominently in many legends. In one, his wife, Au Co, gave birth to a sac containing 100 eggs from which 100 children were born; this is the origin of the 100 Vietnamese family names, or so the story goes.
This is the first time modern contemporary light shows have been organised at a historic site, said researcher Bui Quang Thang from the institute.
The annual event in Binh Da village will feature traditional ceremonies and cultural activities like folk games and calligraphy art.
This year, local authorities co-operated with the Viet Nam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies to organise a light show at the temple.
The Festival consists of three parts. The first chapter will tell the story of ancient temples in other cultures like the Greeks, Egyptians and Mayans. The second chapter will tell the legend of Lac Long Quan, who was said to be a dragon born in water. The third chapter will describe the history of today's Lac Long Quan Temple, which was first built in bamboo and soil, then upgraded in wood and stone as you can see it.