On September 11, Hai Duong province held a ceremony to commemorate the 722nd death anniversary of national hero Tran Quoc Tuan (1300-2022) and open the Con Son-Kiep Bac Autumn Festival, at Kiep Bac Temple, Hung Dao commune, Chi Linh city.
Under the Tran Dynasty (1225-1400), Tran Quoc Tuan, also known as Tran Hung Dao, (1228-1300) was a military Grand Commander, who commanded the Dai Viet armies to repel the three major Mongol invasions during the 13th century.
The delegates offered incense to commemorate the 722nd death anniversary of national hero Tran Quoc Tuan.
Kiep Bac Temple worships the hero, Tran Quoc Tuan and his entire family. The temple is located in the middle of Rong Mountain’s valley in Hung Dao Commune, Chi Linh Town, in the northern province of Hai Duong.
It was the place where Tran Quoc Tuan established a military base, storing food and training soldiers for the resistance wars against the Mongol invasions of the 13th century.
In the 14th century, the temple was constructed. There are annual festivals to commemorate the hero of the Vietnamese people, who made great contributions to the country and they worship him as a saint.
This year's Con Son - Kiep Bac Autumn Festival takes place from September 10 to 15. The main activities of the ceremony include things such as the opening event, followed by traditional worshipping rituals, folklore practices, art performances, a walking procession, a seal opening ceremony, and a ritual to pray for peace.
There will also be cultural and arts activities, such as a boat race, water puppetry performances, and a night festival to release coloured lanterns on the Luc Dau River.