Cau Bong Festival

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(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.

Người dân Trà Quế dân lễ vật bày tỏ lòng thành kính lên để cầu mong mọi điều tết đẹp.Ảnh: HẢI - LỘC
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.

Cánh đồng rau Trà Quế giờ đã mang thương hiệu quốc tế. Ảnh: HẢI - LỘC
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.

Các cao niên tế lễ đầu xuân. Ảnh: HẢI - LỘC
A rite in the festival.
Rồng chầu lễ. Ảnh: HẢI - LỘC
Dragon dances in the festival.
Lễ vật là mâm xôi đầy hoa tươi và đĩa quả. Ảnh: HẢI - LỘC
Offerings in the festival.
Lễ hội luôn thu hút đông đảo người dân và du khách. Ảnh: HẢI - LỘC
The locals and visitors at the festival.
Du khách nước ngoài thích thú, tìm hiểu nghi lễ mang đậm văn hóa Việt. Ảnh: HẢI - LỘC
Foreign visitors are interested in the festival.
Lễ hạ cây nêu, báo hiệu hết tết, mọi người trở lại với công việc thường nhật. Ảnh: HẢI - LỘC
Neu pole, a symbol of Tet.
Vườn rau Trà Quế luôn thu hút du khách du xuân. Ảnh: HẢI - LỘC
Tra Que vegetable garden.
Người dân thể hiện ẩm thực địa phương đãi khách. Ảnh: HẢI - LỘC
Cooking in the festival.