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boystyles 02-04-2013 01:21 AM

Co Trai Festival
Co Trai Festival, open from the 8th to 11th day of the eighth lunar month in Co Trai village, Phu Xuyen district, Hanoi is imbued with Vietnamese spiritual culture. On the 7th and 8th day, pagoda keepers and the elderly hold a deity bathing ceremony. On the procession day, ritual participants are grouped into pairs. Leading the procession is the majestic dragon dance team moving in tune with drumbeats and castanet sounds. The other group is eight-sound team (flute, two-string violin, stringed instrument, horn, etc.) The service leader, usually the pagoda keeper, uses a drum to give command to the two teams. People walk one after another to the bank of the Luong River and witness the water-taking rite on the river. When the jar is filled with water, the service teams row to the bank and process to the pagoda. The water is used for monthly worship.

Tho Ha Festival in Tho Ha village, Van Ha commune, Viet Yen district, Bac Giang province is impressive with a solemn rite which takes 2 hours to complete a 300-metre distance. People also act out the characters of legend during the festival.

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