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Trieu Khuc Village Festival

Trieu Khuc Village Festival

In the point of 8th km of Hanoi – Hoa Binh road, turn 300m to the right is Trieu Khuc village, Tan Trieu district, Thanh Tri, Hanoi. Long time ago, this village is specialized in producing flat palm hat with fringes. It is also famous for embroider and sewing with excellent technique. Otherwise, Khuc village has more than 10 handicraft types and the trading occupation; therefore, the people in Khuc villages have a quite comfortable life. However, the special feature is in the way Khuc people live, shown in the way they create the landscape of the village. The village is small but they pave the way with beautiful bricks which are contributed annually from the marriages. This is the traditional rule which is still kept until now.
The festival is carried on in the mutual house. There are two houses in the village: Sac Temple and Big Temple. The later is the main house with the altar of the founder of the village whom is the national hero in 8th century: Bo Cai King Phung Hung. Passing through many wars and devastations, the houses are still preserved with its ancient architect. North Vietnam tours

The man of merit in teaching village’s people this noble embroidery is the fore father whose surname is Vu. When he passed away, citizens in the village built a worship hall for him and casted his statue from copper and brought to the communal house for worshipping till now.

It is really a great defect for any visitor who comes to see the festival without calling in the pagoda. The pagoda making the scenery of the village distinguished named Van Huong. In front of it is a fresh lake and a water pavilion. This lake is like the shape to a tortoise. It was said to be cruel in former time, many people was harmed by it. So, the water pavilion was built for burying an exorcising charm against this tortoise. Travel to vietnam

Next is the communal house where the festival takes place. Trieu Khuc village has two communal houses to be Sac (for showing honour) and Dai (for worshipping Phung Hung).

The architectural styles of both are remained before. This integrity according to people here, achieved by relying on the ancestors’ miracle left. In any situation, Trieu Khuc village’s people always of consciousness of preserving carefully these old architectural relics and consider them as an indispensable part of the country.

Trieu Khuc village’s festival is often begun after families finish downing all the bamboo trees. The gate of the communal house is opened on the 9th despite the fact the official festival starts on the 10th. In the 10th morning, the ceremony is organized in Dai communal house. According to legend, this is the ceremony of declaring to become the emperor of Phung Hung. A solemn procession with full’ of necessary rites is implemented before the worship in order to bring Phung Hung’s emperial clothes from Sac communal house to Dai communal house. In this procession, the special point is that the persons who carry the sedan chair at two sides both go and turn round their faces each other in the solemn atmosphere. When the procession arrives, notable elders read funeral oration, open the iron box to take the brush pen and official start up the ceremony called “Hoan Cung” (means return to the palace). In the festival, all participants wear beautiful and sophisticated clothes with fancifully embroidered designs, it is not ashamed to be the home of embroidery and weaving. Seeing the ceremony, under the lights, candles and smoke from joss-sticks and sound of music, visitors seem to lose their ways into an illusory world of fables. While implementing the rites, people also dance. “Bong – dancing” has existed for a long time with one or two participants. Some boys disguise into girls with clothes hanging loose on their bodies and mannered made up faces. The harmony of sounds of music, drum, bell and dance creates the wonderful attraction for this festival. Completing the worship, people begin to take part in public games such as wrestling “cheo” singing, dragon dancing…

Formerly, all competitions of wrestling in Trieu Khuc village used to captivate a plenty of well-known wrestlers from Thanh Tri, Mai Dong… Dragon dancing is the traditional one of the village. It appeared at the period when the communal house for worshipping Bo Cai was constructed. Experiencing many times, the group of dancers have not been being lost yet in spite of any change. Their dresses and instruments have always been preserved carefully. Every year, they are invited to perform in the Dong Da Hillock festival.
In the end of the festival, people organize flag-dance to complete the worship. This dance was said to reappear the story that Pining Hung selected talent men to fight the enemy. Trieu Khuc village used to be the general headquarters of Phung Hung righteous armiers before attacking Tong Binh citadel (Ha Noi stronghold). Trieu Khuc itself was the place for the last manoeuvre and choosing soldiers. The flag-dance was resulted from this tale. When the sounds of drums, horns and cymbals are started playing repeatedly with the same zeal as in the fight, a big flag is raised in front of the gate of the communal house. There are two groups of persons running on the right and left sides in front of the house with ready-prepared weapons in their hands. They run noisily around the fields until getting about 400 metres far from the communal house. When encountering, they stop and make actions as if they are fighting. Then, they continue to run back the house following a enclosed circle. Everybody is waiting for them by the gate of the communal house to acclaim and stimulate both groups in continuous urgent drum-beats and the sound of music and horns until both arrive. At this moment, all people gather in front of the altar to fall on their knees and give thanks to the god and finish the festival. Finally, they enjoy together a little present from the god. The village’s festival ends, people wish a better harvest and expect next festival.

Among busy and bustling Ha Noi capital, it is great to take a great interest in wonderful and quiet landscape of an ancient village with many historical relics and enjoy characteristic cultural activities. Therefore, the annual festival always attracts tens of thousands of visitors.

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