(QNO) - The annual Cau Bong Festival takes place in Tra Que vegetable village (Hoi An city) on the seventh day of lunar January in the locals' thrill to pray for peace, health, happiness and good crops. It was on February 22nd this year.
|A scene in the festival.|
The event usually starts with a performance of unicorn-lion-dragon dances. Then, the rites of ceremonial offerings are made to express descendants' gratitude to their ancestors and pray for a happy new year. It is also a chance for people in the village to strengthen their solidarity and introduce their village images to the public.
Tra Que vegetable village was founded nearly 300 years ago. Its first name was Nhu Que to honour the flavour of basil. Later it was named after the flavours of tea (Tra) and cinnamon (Que) by Nguyen Lords.
|The vegetable field in Tra Que village.|
There are 200 households in Tra Que village growing vegetables in an area of about 18 hectares. The village is now also well-known as an attractive tourist destination in Hoi An. Turnover from tourism is used to upgrade the village's infrastructure to serve people's needs and tourism.
Tra Que vegetable village was on the list of 10 unignorable destinations in Vietnam by Le Figaro (France). It was recognized as a traditional craft village by the Quang Nam provincial People's Committee in 2016.
|A rite in the festival.|
|Dragon dances in the festival.|
|Offerings in the festival.|
|The locals and visitors at the festival.|
|Foreign visitors are interested in the festival.|
|Neu pole, a symbol of Tet.|
|Tra Que vegetable garden.|
|Cooking in the festival.|