Soc Son Temple Festival

 

Soc Son Temple Festival

 Time: From the 6th to the 8th day of the first lunar month. The main festive day is on the  7th day.
Place: Phu Linh Commune, Soc Son District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Saint Giong.
Characteristics: Fighting for bamboo flowers and cut the General of Yin invaders.

It is said that Soc Son was the final place Saint Giong took a rest before returning to Heaven. The festival organizes every year in commemorating the day that the legend hero took off his armour and flew to heaven. It involves an incense offering ceremony, Saint’s statue bathing ceremony, a bamboo flowers offerring (symbolize for riding-whip of the Saint) is on the 7th day (the main festive day), then thowing them, then people strive them for lucky. Cutting general ceremony symbolize for the action that Saint Giong cut the General of Yin invaders.

On the 8th day holding gia dam (ending) ceremony. Games in the festival: fighting cock, playing Chinese chess, swinging, ca tru singing to worship gods.

 

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