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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Hue’s unique Hon Chen Temple festival returns

By Hieu Truong

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Hue Nam, a.k.a. Hon Chen, the Temple Festival in Hue City, a traditional cultural event, was held on April 4, 2022, after two years of suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The traditional event drew thousands of locals and tourists from across the country.

A traditional spiritual activity of the Hue people, it is generally held during the third and seventh months of lunar year at a shrine located on Ngoc Tran hill, where the Mother Goddess Thien Y A Na is worshipped.

This year’s festival was marked by a traditional boat procession and street carnival that showcased the uniqueness of the ancient colorful costumes and typical performances and dances of the Mother Goddess.

Hon Chen Temple is located on Ngoc Tran hill in Ngoc Ho village, Huong Tra township, Hue City. Ngoc Tran means Jade Cup, in reference to an anecdote about King Minh Mang dropping the jade cup.

Devotees enter the Mother Goddess Thien Y A Na worshipping area to prepare for the festival
Flags and incense welcome the Mother Goddess
Inside the worshipping are
People leave Hue Nam Temple after the festival ends
A large number of locals and tourists attend the festival
Worshipers and devotees during the procession
The procession on Chi Lang Street with thousands of locals and tourists
Spiritual rites of worship on a boat attending the festival
The procession passes through the Thuong Bac area
Devotees dress up as saints and fairies during the ceremony
The procession of gifts
People gather in front of the Hue Nam Temple to conduct the ritual

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