Halong Bay Festivals (Part 3)

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Halong Bay Festivals

CUA ONG FESTIVAL

Place:Ai?? Cua Ong Temple, Cua Ong Ward, Cam Pha Town.
Time: Yearly, the festivities take place at the Cua Ong Temple from the second day of the first lunar month until the end of the third lunar month.
Significance: Cua Ong Temple is dedicated to Tran Quoc Tang, the third son of Tran Hung A?ao, who defeated many enemies and brought peace to the region. Hoang Cau, a local general who fought bravely against invaders, is also honoured here. The festival dedicates to the merit ofAi?? Tran Quoc Tang and other Generals of Tran Dynasty.

CUA ONG FESTIVAL
CUA ONG FESTIVAL

Cua Ong Temple is one of the famous Tran Dynasty vestiges of the northeast region. The temple has three areas: low, middle and high, facing the majestic Bai Tu Long Bay. During the war, the middle and lower temples were both destroyed, but today the low temple has been restored.

Formerly, locals organized the main festivityAi?? on the second day of the third lunar month. There were grand cult ceremonies, and a palanquin procession carrying Tran Quoc Tangai??i??s funeral tablets from the temple to a shrine in Trac Chan Commune. Legend has it that this was the place where Tran Quoc Tangai??i??s ashes drifted after being dispersed on the river. The procession would then proceed back to the temple, symbolizing the inspection tour of Tran Quoc Tang.

LONG TIEN PAGODA FESTIVAL

Place: Long Tien Pagoda at the foot of Bai Th?? (Poem) Mountain, Ha Long City.
Time: The official festive day is on the 24th of the third lunar month.
Significance:Ai?? Long Tien Pagoda was built quite recently, 1941, and is the largest pagoda in Ha?? Long City. The festivities of the pagoda are not reserved solely for Buddhist faithful, but hold a spiritual meaning for every local.

Some locals say that every day is a festive day at Long Tien Pagoda. Foreign and domestic tourists arrive for sightseeing, while faithful burn incense and recite prayers to Buddha. But it is on the 1st and 15th days of each lunar month that they arrive in greater numbers, and particularly over TA?t.

LONG TIEN PAGODA FESTIVAL
LONG TIEN PAGODA FESTIVAL

When spring arrives, it is the festive season for the whole region. People call Long TiA?n Pagoda TrAi??nh (submit) Pagoda. They arrive to burn joss-sticks here first, afterwards to continue on a pilgrimage to YA?n Tu Mountain and finally to participate in the festivities at Cua Ong Temple.

Locals organized a procession carrying palanquin pass by Tran Quoc Nghien Temple (A?uc Ong Temple) to An Duong Vuong Temple in Vung A?ang via Long Tong then back to the pagoda. It was told that in the carrying palanquin race of the processions many people carrying palanquins run fast seem to fly past the canal like in the tale.Ai??halong bay tour