Vietnam is a nation that cherishes the assimilation of various culture and tradition and thus a wide range of diverse festivals are celebrated in different parts of Vietnam as well as in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Festivals not only enhance social interaction among various cross sections of the society but also provide a relaxing relief from the monotony and drudgery of day to day life and inspire us to look past our distress and frustrations in life and revitalize our spirit to move ahead in life.
Giong Festival in Hanoi is famous in Vietnam and its capital Hanoi as it depicts the patriotic ardor of the Vietnamese people and their love for freedom and expresses their earnest gratitude for their national heroes.
Features of Giong Festival in Hanoi
- The Giong Festival in Hanoi is the northern festival which is celebrated annually in the Phu Dong Village, Gia Lam District in Hanoi.
- The widely popular Giong Festival in Hanoi is celebrated on the ninth day of the fourth month of the lunar calendar.
- Giong Festival in Hanoi is commemorated to honor the hero of the village, saint Giong who saved the village by defeating the An invaders.
- To express their honor for the hero of the village who made a sacrifice of his life to defeat the invaders, the villagers proclaimed him as Saint Giong.
- From the first day of the third lunar month to the fifth day of the fourth lunar month extensive preparation of the Giong Festival in Hanoi takes place.
- One of the predominant attractions of the Giong Festival is the elaborate procession that starts from the Mother Temple and heads towards Thuong Temple and the procession is accompanied by performing a religious service.
- A feast for the troop is arranged after reaching the temple and once the dark night casts its charming spell, a Cheo play, a classical Vietnamese opera.
- The Giong Festival in Hanoi finishes on the tenth day of the fourth month and the thanksgiving procession marks the end of the Giong Festival in Hanoi.
- Giong Festival in Hanoi provides a platform for social interaction among the dwellers of the Phu Dong Village in Gia Lam District.
- The best part of the Giong Festival in Hanoi is that it successfully intermingle the tradition of sincere devotion and love for motherland and at the same time makes an earnest effort to preserve the cultural legacy.