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Hung Kings Festival – April 28, 2023

The Hung Kings’ Festival is an occasion celebrated from day 8 to day 11 of the third lunar month in Vietnam. This year, it takes place from April 28 to 28. Even though the festivities go on throughout the week, the main festival day is a public holiday, and of course, the one celebrated with the most energy. On this day, people of all ages step out to enjoy, dance, eat, and also commemorate several cultural customs of Vietnam. This is essential to mark the death anniversary of the Hung Kings. Do you have anything special planned for the festival? Well, why not visit Vietnam?

History of Hung Kings Festival

Hung Kings have a rich history in Vietnam, and are recognized as one of the main forces that established the country as a sovereign nation. The 18 generation of kings is responsible for giving the nation a distinct identity and sowing the seeds of patriotism. They ruled the land from 2879 B.C. to 258 B.C.

According to folklore, it is said that the Hung King, Lac Long Quan, was the son of a dragon from the ocean and had superhuman strength. When he succeeded the throne and decided to get married as the next natural step, a strange occurrence happened. His wife Au Co, a fairy who resided on earth, became pregnant and gave birth to a membranous sac.

The sac continued to grow for seven days before it exploded. Out emerged 100 eggs that hatched 100 babies! It is also believed that the children of Lac Long Quan and Au Co were the ancestors of Vietnam. Hence, the Vietnamese are known as ‘Dragon and Fairy descendants.’ The Hung Kings are the ones who taught locals how to grow wet rice and gave way to several religious and cultural traditions. This includes the rituals that are performed at Nghia Linh Mountain to pray for good harvests.

While the official name of the festival is Death Anniversary of the Hung Kings, none of the kings actually died on those dates. The festival merely aims to honor all the contributions the kings made to the success of Vietnam. Every year, the festival is celebrated by holding offerings at over 1,400 Hung Kings temples across Vietnam.

Hung Kings Festival timeline

1804
The Renaming

Vietnam becomes the official name of the country during the Nguyen dynasty.

1887
The Imposition

France imposes a colonial system over Vietnam — it is called French Indochina.

1930
Making Mistakes

Ho Chi Minh establishes the Indochinese Communist Party.

1995
Patching Things Up

The United States and Vietnam resume diplomatic relations.

Hung Kings Festival FAQs

What sports do they play in Vietnam?

Soccer is the most popular sport in Vietnam. Even the kids play informal games on the streets and in parks.

Is Vietnam still communist?

Vietnam is one of just five communist countries remaining in the world. It is a socialist republic with a one-party system led by the Communist Party.

Is Vietnam a U.S. ally?

Yes. Even though the two had a rocky past, Vietnam is a United States ally today.

Hung Kings Festival Activities

  1. Dance away

    To really enjoy the festival, dance the entire day away with family or friends. You could start with hosting a small dinner at home and then take the party elsewhere. The aim is to relax and enjoy the culture.

  2. Give a performance

    Are you interested in narrating the story of the Hung Kings to those around you? Hold auditions and put up a small theater play. This will be especially beneficial for the kids.

  3. Plan a trip

    Are you currently living outside Vietnam? Well, this is the perfect time to plan a trip. Not only will you get to meet a lot of new people, but you will also experience a unique culture with exquisite traditions.

5 Facts About Vietnam You Need To Know

  1. Exporting cashew nuts and black pepper

    The nation exported 348,000 tons of cashew nuts and 180,000 tons of black peppers in 2016.

  2. Snake wine for health

    People in Vietnam drink ruou ran, a snake wine said to have medicinal and vitality purposes.

  3. The world's highest motorcycle ownership rates

    Vietnam is known for its high number of registered motorbikes, with over 45 million of them.

  4. The world's largest cave

    Being about 5.8 miles long, the largest cave in the world, Hang Son Doong, is in Vietnam.

  5. Nguyen Vietnamese

    One in every three people in Vietnam, or 40% of the population, has Nguyen as their family name.

Why We Love Hung Kings Festival

  1. It's historical

    We love the day because it provides a long detailed history of the life of the Hung Kings, their importance in Vietnam, and how they changed the country. The festival is also very cultural.

  2. It brings in tourists

    The festival is all about the culture and history of Vietnam. It manages to pull in a lot of tourists who yearn to witness exquisite cultures and traditions across the globe.

  3. It increases income

    The Hung Kings’ Festival manages to attract a huge crowd, whether it is from inside the country or outside. This leads to an increase in the revenue of several businesses, such as eateries, malls, e.t.c.

Hung Kings Festival dates

YearDateDay
2022April 11Monday
2023April 28Friday
2024April 18Thursday
2025April 7Monday
2026April 26Sunday

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