Ky Cung – Ta Phu Temple Festival

 

Time: 22nd to the 27th day of the first lunar month.
Place: Lang Son City, Lang Son Province.
Objects of worship: Than Cong Tai, a head of district who had merit of opening Ky Lua Market to trade with Chinese from the 17th century.
Characteristics: Palanquin procession from Ky Cung Temple to Ta Phu Temple; sli songs of the Nung, luon songs of the Tay.

This is the biggest festival in Lang Son Province. It involves Tuan Tranh’s palanquin procession from Ky Cung Temple to Ta Phu Temple to repay Than Cong Tai for his kindness. The procession includes group of people in color dresses and many kinds of flags, and canopies. There are many folk games such as human chess playing contest, lion dance, sli, and luon singing contests. The Luon singing (a style of singing of Nung, and Tay to wish their parents having a longevity life, thank to sky, and earth). The festival attracts many people.

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