The Trieu Khuc
Village (Thanh Tri, Hanoi) Festival is held annually from
the 10th to the 12th of the 1st lunar month in honour of
national hero, Phung Hung (791–802). The festival starts
with the bong dance; a traditional dance to worship the
village’s tutelary spirits.
Then, follows the most impressive
ceremony of the festival: the dragon dance. It takes place
along the village’s streets and ends in the temple’s yard.
The dragon dance
is generally followed by the lion dance, which is simpler
than the previous dance. And finally, to conclude the
festival is the flag dance. This part of the festival is
meant to remind the population of the story of Phung Hung
who collected talented men for his army.