The Hanoitimes - The Heritage Conservation Centre of Thang Long - Hanoi held a spring ceremony to offer incense at the ancient Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi on February 5 (the ninth day of the first lunar month).
President Tran Dai Quang and Vice Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee Ngo Van Quy attended the event.
During the ceremony, President Quang and Vice Chairman Quy offered incense and released birds.
President Tran Dai Quang and Vice Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee Ngo Van Quy join the spring ceremony. Photo by Pham Hung.
The incense offering ceremony aims to commemorate national ancestors and pray for the country’s prosperity.
The spring ceremony also took place other traditional rituals, including a palanquin procession staged by over 300 people, a dragon dance, a drum performance, a water puppet show, and a folk music performance.
President Quang, Vice Chairman Quy and delegates release birds at the event. Photo by Pham Hung
In the past, the early spring ceremony was organised by kings to pay tribute to ancestors and pray for peace and happiness for the nation, according to the Thang Long culture research institute.
At the spring ceremony at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. Photo by Pham Hung.
The ceremony has been revived in recent years to honour the tradition of the old royal capital.
The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long was built in the 11th century during the Ly dynasty to mark the independence of Dai Viet, the former name of Vietnam. The central sector of the citadel was listed as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in July 2010.
Translated by Thu Minh
Source: Pham Hung-Kinhtedothi.vn