Nghinh Ong Festival - a national intangible heritage

Published:  08:22 Friday - December 30, 2011

Nghinh Ong Festival - a national intangible heritage

In the year 2013, Vietnam recognized the Nghinh Ong (whale worshiping) Festival as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Nghinh Ong Festival in Vietnam is celebrated from the 15th, 16th and 17th days of August on the lunar calendar with festivities including various rituals to worship the whale and prayers for good seas, happiness and prosperity.

With many folk stories attached to it, the Nghinh Ong Festival in Can Gio District has its own distinctive characteristics compared to other festivals around the country.

Whale worshiping ritual

Boat parade on the sea

Spectacluar dragon dance

The festival at night

The festival is a chance for fishermen to express their gratitude towards the Nam Hai god (whale) and sea gods for protecting and supporting fishermen in their daily lives and at sea, and to pray for peace and a good harvest.

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