Time: 11th to the 15th day of the first
Place: Lao Cai City, Lao Cai Province.
Objects of worship: Tran Hung Dao.
Characteristics: A palanquin procession, tug of war contest, wrestling
contest, and cï¿½n throwing, sticks pushing, no (arbalest) shooting.
Thuong Temple is located on the Hoa Hieu Hill, Lao Cai City, dedicated to Tran
Hung Dao - the famous general of Tran Dynasty. He commanded the Dai Viet troops
defensive in Lao Cai in 1257. The spring festival is organized at the cultural
center of Lao Cai Ward and Thuong and Mau Temples. The ceremonies include the
opening festival, processions of the Holy Mother and Thien hau Nuong;
worshipping ceremony takes place on the 14th day, thanksgiving ceremony is on
the 15th day to pray for peaceful and prosperous things to everyone. It involves
traditional singing and dancing performances and mountainous ethnic games: con
throwing, arbalest shooting, tug of war, stick pushing, wrestle, cocks fighting,
swinging... The spring festival is also displayed brocade souvenirs, local goods
which are made by girls of the Mong, the Dao, the Thai...