Attracting more than 80,000 tourists last year, the annual Con Son – Kiep Bac Autumn Festival this year will be held from September 22 to October 2 in Con Son – Kiep Bac Relic site of Hai Duong province. During the event, there will be a range of traditional rituals and cultural activities such as incense-offering ceremonies, a boat race and a water puppet festival.
If you are in Vietnam at that time, you are welcome to join the festival. In case you are in your country and wish to join it, please check your Vietnam visa requirement and get ready to Vietnam.
This festival will also be an occasion to promote the request for UNESCO recognition of the Yen Tu – Con Son and Kiep Bac – Vinh Nghiem Relic Complex as a world heritage.
Highlight of the festival this year will be the commemoration of 715 years since the death of Tran Quoc Tuan (or Tran Hung Dao), one of the most revered figures in Vietnam’s history for his leading role in the country’s victory over Mongolian invaders in the 13th century.
Located in Chi Linh Town about 60km from Hanoi, the Con Son – Kiep Bac Relic was the site of many important battles between the army of the Tran Dynasty (1226 – 1400) and the Yuan-Mongol invaders. It was also closely associated with the lives and careers of Tran Quoc Tuan and the Great Man of Culture of the World Nguyen Trai (1380-1442), one of Vietnam’s most famous poets and writers. The destination was recognized as a national heritage site in 1962 and a special national heritage in 2012. And its spring and autumn festival was recognized as the national intangible cultural heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2013. The autumn festival traditionally takes place from the 15th to the 20th day of the eighth lunar month.