The Do Temple Festival

Do Temple Festival is held every year on the 15th of the third lunar month to commemorate the coronation of King Ly Thai To (Ly Cong Uan), considered one of the most visionary leaders throughout the history of Vietnam.

Ly Thai Do was among the first kings of the country to pave the firm foundation for what is Vietnam nowadays. Though, the Do Temple Festival is not a public holiday in Vietnam, but it attracts a large number of visitors from all over the country and it requires the participants of thousands of locals in the ceremonies.

Do Temple - Bac Ninh - Vietnam
Do Temple - Bac Ninh - Vietnam

The Do Temple has 2 types of activities:

The ceremonial part (or Le in Vietnamese) is to worship the King of Heaven, Gods and the spiritual world; and for the King and the Royal Court to parade from the Do Temple to the Dan Pagoda (where the King was born) on the 14th (of the third lunar month), and the next day (the 15th) escort the Queen Mother back to the Do Temple for the Coronation.

The festival part (or Hoi in Vietnamese) includes different activities and folk games for the local people and the visitors to take part in.

Dragon Dance at the Do Temple
Dragon Dance at the Do Temple

 

Parade through Dinh Bang Village
Parade through Dinh Bang Village

 

The traditional music band of the village
The traditional music band of the village

 

traditional dancers
Traditional dancers

 

Soldiers in the old days
Soldiers in the old days

 

Local school girls in traditional costumes
Local school girls in traditional costumes