Cua Ong Festival
Time: From the 2nd day of the first lunar month to the 30th day of the third lunar month. The main festival day is on the 3rd of the second lunar month.
Location: Cua Ong Ward, Cam Pha Town, Quang Ninh Province.
Objects of worship: Hung Nhuong Vuong Tran Quoc Tang (Royal Highest Dong Hai), Hoang Cau - a local general.
Characteristics: Incense offering Ceremony, procession of ancestral tablet.
Significance: Cửa Ông Temple is dedicated to Trần Quốc Tảng, the third son of Trân Hưng Ðạo, who defeated many enemies and brought peace to the region. Hoàng Câu, a local general who fought bravely against invaders, is also honoured here. The festival dedicates to the merit of Trần Quốc Tảng and other Generals of Trân Dynasty.
Cửa Ông Temple is one of the famous Trân Dynasty vestiges of the northeast region. The temple has three areas: low, middle and high, facing the majestic Bái Tu Long Bay. During the war, the middle and lower temples were both destroyed, but today the low temple has been restored.
Formerly, locals organized the main festivity on the second day of the third lunar month. There were grand cult ceremonies, and a palanquin procession carrying Trần Quốc Tảng’s funeral tablets from the temple to a shrine in Trác Chân Commune. Legend has it that this was the place where Trần Quốc Tảng’s ashes drifted after being dispersed on the river. The procession would then proceed back to the temple, symbolizing the inspection tour of Trần Quốc Tảng (called Ðức Ông).
Every year, the festival is held at the temple to commemorate his merit of defeating the aggressors and defending the Northeast region. The festival is big and last long in Quang Ninh with incense offering ceremony and a procession of his votive tablet from Cua Ong Temple to the shrine in Trac Chan Commune (called Vuon Nhan), according to the legend, is the place where Duc Ong was embodied and drifted. Then the procession turns back to the temple, symbolizing the royal progress of the Duc Ong.
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