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Am Pagoda Festival


Time: September 28th (The 2nd day of the ninth lunar month).

Place: VuTay Commune, Kien Xuong District, Thai Binh Province

Objects of worship: Nguyen Uy and his mother, King An Duong Vuong, Mai Cong Phuc.

Characteristics: Procession from Mau Temple to communal house (dancing anf beating the Ngu Lien drum). The rite of procession is held during the day; incense and flower offering is held at night. Traditional folk games: Chinese chess, wresting, cock fighting, duck catching, and boat racing.

 
An Lac Festival

Time: October 15th (The 19th day of the ninth lunar month)

Place: Tho Xuan District, Thanh Hoa Province.

Characteristics: Vegetarian meal, truncated cone of sticky rice, fruits, votive paper items, sacrifices – the offering ceremony lasts for three days.


 
Events In November

1. Ha Thach Festival
2. Nhi Khe Village Festival
3. Moc Cuu and Thuc Thoc Villages Festival
4. Ky Yen Festival at Nguyen Tri Phuong Temple
5. Nguyen Trung Truc Temple Festival
6. Ooc-om-bok Festival

 
Ooc-om-bok Festival
Time:  November 9th - 10th (In the evening of the 14th day and the 15th day of the tenth lunar month.)
Location: In the yards of the pagodas or of the residents' houses, ngo boat race in the Maspero River (Soc Trang Town).
Objects of worship: Moon deity.
Activities: Moon worshipping ceremony, floating lights on the water, ngo boat race.
Participators: The Khmer people in the South, the Hoa and the Viet people

Ooc-Om-Bok Festival is a religious service that worships the moon deity of the Khmer minority group and prays for good luck, happiness, good weather and bumper crops. The festival is usually held when the dry season begins and rice are ripening on the fields.
The Moon-worshipping ceremony takes Location on the evening of 14th of tenth lunar month before the moon goes to the top. The ceremony is held in the yards of the pagoda or of residents’ houses. People erect bamboo poles with a crossbar on which they decorate with flowers and leaves. Below is a table of offerings that include green rice flakes, potatoes, bananas, coconuts, grapefruits, oranges and cakes. People sit on the ground with crossed legs, clasping their hands before the altar and look up the Moon. An old master of ceremonies says his prayers, asks the moon deity to receive the offerings and bless people with the best.

After the ceremony, the elders ask the children of the house sit flatly on the ground with crossed legs before the altar. The elders then take a handful of green rice, feed each child and ask them what they wish while clapping their backs. If the children answer the question clearly and politely, all the best will come to them that year. After that, people enjoy the offerings together, and children play games or dance and sing in the moonlight. Anyone who visits the Khmer’s houses on this occasion will be tasted com dep (a kind of young sticky rice). At the pagodas of Khmer people, locals hold paper-lantern releasing into the sky and putting on the rivers. The custom of releasing flying lights and floating lights is believed to sweep away the darkness, impure and sadness from the village. Many traditional activities of the Khmer are organised on the evening of 14th.
 
Nguyen Trung Truc Temple Festival

Time: From the 18th to the 19th day of the tenth lunar month.

Location: Nguyen Trung Truc Temple, Long Kien Commune, Cho Moi District, An Giang Province.

Objects of worship: Nguyen Trung Truc, the leader of an insurrection who rose up against the French in the South.

Activities: Incense-offering ceremony, recalling sacrifices-offering ceremony, re-performance of the battle of destroying a French warship on the Nhat Tao River in the 19th century. The festival involves boat rowing, Chinese chess and other fun games.
 
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