Tra Co Village Festival

30th of the 5th lunar month – 6th of the 6th lunar month

    Tra Co village is located 8km from Mong Cai. Its takes place annually to commemorate the founder of the village who built a communal house over 600 years ago. Quan He, a leader of the peasants who rose up during the Le – Trinh period, is also worshipped there. On the 25th day of the 5th lunar month, a procession of boats sails from Tra Co to Do Son, the ancestors' native land. On the 30th day of the 5th lunar month, the boats return to Tra Co.

   The next day, the festival begins with the procession of the King to the sea. Then, there are agricultural contests, such as pig-breeding competitions. There is also a cooking contest, which procure, fame and the village recognition to the best cooks.

   On the sixth day, the festival concludes with a flower dance. In this ritual, the people pray to the genies to allow them to catch many fish, to have good luck in their trading activity, and to have prosperous lives.

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