Phan Thiet to wrap up Nghing Ong
to wrap up Nghing Ong Quan Thanh De Quan festival with colorful street parade
BTO – The 11th
biennial Nghinh Ong Quan Thanh De Quan festival, opened in Phan Thiet city on
August 26th morning and closed on August 28th. The
most-expected procession of Quan Thanh De Quan, a partial ritual of Nghinh Ong
Quan Thanh festival, finally triggered across many streets and corners in Phan
Thiet in very early morning of August 28th. The street parade saw
thousands of onlookers packed both sides of some main streets of Tran Phu –
Nguyen Hue – Ngo Si Lien – Ngu Ong- Trung Trac, etc to await for the procession.
Participating in this year’s
marching, there were 4 club-houses, namely: Hai Nam (Hainan), Phuc Kien
(Fujian), Quang Dong (Guangdong), Trieu Chau (Chaozhou) and Quan Mieu
delegation. Each club-house has from 70 to 170 people masquerading as fictional
characters, such as: Master Duong Tang and his disciples, God of Fortune –
Prosperity – Longevity, god of wealth, mandarin’s son and imperial maid, etc.
With the participation of more than 700 walk-on parts and in fancy dresses,
parade participants and demonstrators walked and performed numerous dance shows
at the same time. Remarkably, the 150-meter-long dragon dance, performed by over
150 dancers, was really an attractive and breathtaking show to behold. The
procession travelled more than 2 kilomaters from Quan De temple to many main
streets inside Phan Thiet city and turned back to the starting point.
Nghinh Ong Quan Thanh De Quan
festival manifested the belief of the Chinese community in Phan Thiet city in
particular and Binh Thuan province in general to pray for peace, happiness,
favorable conditions and a better-off life. The festival included a series of
cultural activities, traditional Chinese costume performances, dragon dances,
classic dramas, Chinese folk games. Since its fanciful and unique traits, Nghinh
Ong Quan Thanh festival has been chosen as the traditional festival of the
locality to serve for the growing demand of tourism.
My Thien (Source: Binh