Hùng Kings' Festival

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Hung Vuong Commemoration Day
Official name Giỗ Tổ Hùng Vương
Observed by Vietnamese
Type Cultural
Significance Anniversary of Hung Vuong
Observances worship of Hùng Vương
Date 10th day of 3rd lunar month
Frequency annual

The Hùng Kings' Temple Festival (Vietnamese: Giỗ Tổ Hùng Vương or lễ hội đền Hùng) is a Vietnamese festival held annually from the 8th to the 11th days of the third lunar month in honour of the Hùng Vương or Hùng Kings. The main festival day - which is a public holiday in Vietnam since 2007 - is on the 10th day.[1][2][3][4][5]

Although the official name is Death Anniversary of the Hung Kings (Vietnamese: Giỗ Tổ Hùng Vương), the date is traditional and does not mark any specific death date of any Hung King.[6]


The purpose of this ceremony is to remember and pay tribute to the contribution of the Hung Kings who are the traditional founders of the nation and became its first emperors. Beginning as a local holiday, the Ceremony was recognized as a national holiday in 2007.[7] In 2016, the total number of visitors to this year’s fest to seven million.[8]

The major ceremony[edit]

The ceremony takes place over several days, but 10th day of the month is considered the most important. A procession starts at the foot of the mountain, and stops at every small temple before reaching the High Temple. Here pilgrims offer prayers and incense to their ancestors.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Vietnamese nationals return for Hung Kings’ death anniversary". VOV. Archived from the original on 2009-04-07. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  2. ^ "One day off to celebrate Vietnamese founders". Ho Chi Minh City's government. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  3. ^ "NA meets on threshold of legislative elections". VietNamNet. Archived from the original on 2008-04-06. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  4. ^ "Hung Kings' Temple Festival - A Pilgrimage To The Sacred Land of Vietnam's Ancestry". Embassy of Vietnam in USA. Retrieved 2009-05-17. 
  5. ^ "NA meets on threshold of legislative elections". National Assembly of Vietnam. Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2009-05-17. 
  6. ^ "Hung King Temple Festival". vietnam-beauty. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Party Chief pays tribute to Hung Kings". Vietnews. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Seven million visitors expected to attend Hung Kings festival in northern Vietnam". Retrieved 16 April 2016.