The 2016 Con Son – Kiep Bac Autumn Festival will be held in the northern province of Hai Duong from September 10-20 with a wide range of activities.

The 10-day festival will feature a ceremony to commemorate Grand Duke Tran Hung Dao (or Tran Quoc Tuan), one of the most revered figures in Vietnam’s history for his leading role in the country’s victories over three major Yuan-Mongolian invasions in the 13th century.

It will also include a military parade on boats on the Luc Dau River, which re-enacts the Tran Dynasty army during the second struggle against the Yuan-Mongolian invaders, and a ceremony to release flower garlands and lanterns to pray for peace and prosperity.

Giay cake making contest at 2015 Con Son-Kiep Bac Spring Festival

Numerous traditional games and culture-art activities such as folk music, water puppetry and boat racing are expected to capture visitors' attention.

During the festival, travel agencies will offer a number of promotion programs for tourists.

Covering an area of more than 8 hectares in Chi Linh town, the Con Son - Kiep Bac historical site is closely associated with the lives and careers of Grand Duke Tran Hung Dao and great poet Nguyen Trai (1380-1442), who was recognized as a Great Man of Culture of the World by UNESCO in 1980.

Con Son - Kiep Bac was recognized as a national heritage site in 1962 and a special national heritage site in 2012.

The Con Son - Kiep Bac spring and autumn festivals were recognized as national intangible cultural heritage in 2012.

Source: VNA