Bac ninh – A three-day folk festival is being held at the Den Do (Do Temple) in northern Bac Ninh province to mark the 998th anniversary of the enthronement of King Ly Thai To.
Ly Cong Uan, or King Ly Thai To, was
the first King of Vietnam’s Ly Dynasty lasting from 1010 to 1225. He was the
founder of Thang Long capital city, now Hanoi .
Den Do was built under
the Ly Dynasty in 1030 in Chau Co Phap village (now Dinh Bang village), in Tu
Son district, where King Ly Thai To was born. The temple was to dedicated to the
King and then his seven successors.
King Ly’s descendants from the
Republic of Korea have returned to join local descendants and thousands of
pilgrims in the festival, which annually takes place on the 14th-16th day of the
third lunar month (which fall on April 19-21 this year) with the main rituals on
the 15th day.
The Ly family from the RoK is descendants of prince Ly
Long Tuong, seventh son of Ly Anh Tong (1138-1175), who had to leave the
homeland in 1226 to avoid a bloodshed made by the Tran Dynasty which took the
throne from the Ly Dynasty.
The ceremony started with a procession of
eight tablets of eight Kings Ly from Dan pagoda (Co Phap pagoda) to Den Do for
The festival also includes quan ho folk songs and many
competitions, such as cooking, wrestling, chess playing, cock fighting and
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