The ceremony, which attracted nearly 1,000 people, was one of the traditional rites during the Nguyen dynasty to pray for favourable weather, prosperity and national peace.
On the same day, the main streets of Hue were livened up by jolly melodies and dragon and unicorn dances performed by artists from East Asian and Latin American countries at a street carnival launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Thua Thien – Hue provincial People’s Committee, aiming to boost exchanges and development among East Asian and Latin American nations.
A special set of stamps entitled ‘Tile-Roofed Bridges’ has also been issued by the Ministry of Information and Communications, the provincial People’s Committee and the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group to commemorate the event.
The stamp set, designed by painters Do Lenh Tuan and Nguyen Du, features characteristic tile-roofed bridges across Vietnam, including Kim Son Bridge in Ninh Binh province, Chua Thay Bridge in Hanoi and Thanh Toan Bridge in Thua Thien Hue province.
Also on April 8, experts from the Republic of Korea (RoK) National Centre of Traditional Performing Arts handed over some restored antique musical instruments from Hue, including a ‘Bac Chung’ (bronze bell) and a ‘Dac Khanh’ (musical stone), to the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre.
These instruments were used in ‘Nha Nhac’ (Hue royal court music) performances, but the methods of producing and playing them were lost in the early 20th century.
The restoration of the instruments by RoK artisan Kim Hyun Kon, which began in October 2011, will complete the set of instruments used for ‘Nha Nhac’ orchestras.
The Hue Festival International Trade Fair 2012 also opened at the provincial gymnasium, featuring more than 500 booths of 350 businesses from 25 cities and provinces across the country, as well as from China, Thailand, the Philippines and Taiwan (China).
The expo, held by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, aims to promote trade, investment, tourism and economic co-operation in the northern central region to international investors and visitors and will last until April 13.