Update: 17:58 | 10/04/2022
Around half-a-million people congregated at the Nghia Linh Mountain Sunday to offer incense tributes to the founders of Vietnam, the Hung Kings, on their death anniversary.
Vietnamese people commemorate the Hung Kings (2879-258 BCE), the nation's founders, on the 10th day of the third lunar month, which falls on Apr. 10 this year.
Traditionally, a festival is organized at the Hung Kings Temple at Nghia Linh Mountain in northern Phu Tho Province.
Palanquins and offerings are carried ceremoniously to the temple.
A delegation of Party and State leaders led by President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (center) joined the ceremony at the temple Sunday morning.
Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims flocked to the temple.
With Covid-19 deemed under control across the country, pilgrims from various localities, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang, thronged to pay their tributes to the nation’s founders and seek their blessings.
Groups of pilgrims outside the temple Sunday morning.
After a three-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Phu Tho authorities resumed ceremonial activities for the festival this year, instead of organizing basic rituals without crowds as they did in 2019, 2020 and 2021. This year, the festival will include many attractions including water puppet shows, exhibitions and firework displays.
On Saturday night, thousands gathered at the lakeside Van Lang Park in Viet Tri Town, more than 12km from the temple, to enjoy fireworks that lit up the skies.