Tra Co Festival

Time: 30th day of the fifth lunar month to the 6th day of the sixth lunar month.

Place: Tra Co, Mong Cai City, Quang Ninh Province.

Objects of worship: Six village's tutelary god and Nguyen Huu Cau, a peasant leader during Le Dynasty.

Characteristics: Fat pigs contest, vegetarian and meat-feast contest.

Tra Co, the site where one first place the pen on the map to draw the S - shaped character of Viet Nam. The inhabitants of Tra Co originate from Do Son.

 

Quan He (Nguyen Huu Cau), a leader of the peasants who rose up during the Le - Trinh period is also worshipped here. Representative of village communal house architecture of Viet Nam, the building is still well preserved.

 

 

On the 25th day of the fifth lunar month, a procession of boats sails from Tra Co to the ancestors' native land of Do Son. On the 30th day of the fifth lunar month, the boats return to Tra Co.


The next day, festivities begin with the procession of the King to the sea (also named the procession of the King to the shrine). It is accompanied by an armed troop, an orchestra, a strong and handsome young man chosen by the village population holding the flag and people carrying palanquin.


After the ritual procession, there are agricultural contests, such as a pig - breeding competition. The animals receive intensive care many months in advance from their masters in hopes of getting the first prize. There is also a cooking contest, with the best cooks acquiring fame throughout the village.

 

On the sixth day, the festivities conclude with a flower dance. In this ritual, the population pray to the genies to allow them to catch many fish, have good luck in their trading activities and to have a prosperous lives.

 

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WHERE TO STAY
Binh Minh Hotel

Add: Huu Nghi St., Mong Cai Town

Tel: (84-203) 8811 85/ 8810 14/ 8825 92

Cong Nghe Hotel

Add: Ly Tu Trong St., Mong Cai Town

Tel: (84-203) 8830 11

Hoa Binh Hotel

Add: Huu Nghi St., Mong Cai City

Tel: (84-203) 3881 039

Ngan Hang Dau Tu Hotel

Add: Hung Vuong St., Mong Cai City

Tel: (84-203) 3881 183

Phuong Dong Hotel

Add: Huu Nghi St., Mong Cai City

Tel: (84-203) 3881 250

Thang Long Hotel

Add: Van Don St., Mong Cai Town

Tel: (84-203) 3881 695

Truong An Hotel

Add: Huu Nghi St., Mong Cai Town

Tel: (84-203) 3887 233

Tra Long Hotel

Add: Tra Co Beach, Mong Cai Town

Tel: (84-203) 3780 131

Li Lai International Hotel

Add: Tue Tinh St., Mong Cai City

Tel: (84-203) 3887 888

Bien Bac Hotel

Add: Tran Phu St., Mong Cai City

Tel: (84-203) 3886 222

Grand Mong Cai Hotel

Add: 23 Hung Vuong, Tran Phu Ward, Mong Cai City

Tel: (84-203) 776 555

Sao Bien Hotel

Add: Tra Co Beach, Mong Cai City

Tel: (84-203) 3780 264

Thang Loi Hotel

Add: Tran Phu St., Mong Cai City

Tel: (84-203) 3881 002

Tra Co Hotel

Add: Tra Co Beach, Mong Cai City

Tel: (84-203) 3780 273

Viet Thai Hotel

Add: Hung Vuong, Mong Cai City

Tel: (84-203) 3881 070

Huu Nghi Hotel

Add: Nguyen Du St., Mong Cai City

Tel: (84-203) 3881 408

Mong Cai Trade Union Hotel

Add: Hung Vuong St., Mong Cai City

Tel: (84-203) 3881 165