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Co Loa Festival
By Hanoi Local Guide


Time: From the 6th to the 16th day of the first lunar month, the main festival day is on the 6th day of the first lunar month.

Location: Co Loa Commune, Dong Anh District, Hanoi

Objects of worship: King An Duong Vuong. 

Activities: The procession of 12 hamlets and 7 villages, the procession of “alive” king in Nhoi Village. 

On the afternoon of the 5th day of the first lunar month, all of the eight communes (including Co Loa Commune and the establishing relations between seven communes) hold the incense offering ceremony at the communal house. At Thuong Temple, village officials and mandarins hold the similar ceremony and revise the king’s contributions and achievements.

The Co Loa Festival has many other fun activities such as human chess, wrestling, cock fighting, swings, rope climbing, card playing, and cheo and tuong singing.

On the final day of the festival, a grand farewell ceremony will be held at the temple. The rituals are the same as in the main festival day. After the rituals, the cult table of god will be returned to the sanctuary. Local people enjoy the god’s favor and expect a year of prosperity and protection from the god. 


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