A Cultural Camp and Festival of Xoan and Phu Tho folk singing are taking place in the northern midland province of Phu Tho from March 26-31, as part of activities to celebrate the Hung Kings Temple Festival.
With the participation of singing clubs and art troupes from universities and districts in the locality, the festival aims to popularise Xoan singing, which has recently earned UNESCO’s recognition as the World Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
A seminar on preserving cultural and historical values of Hung Kings worship rituals opened with many historians and researchers taking part.
Participants also discussed measures to complete a scientific dossier on Hung Kings worship rituals, which is seeking UNESCO’s recognition as the World Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Prof. Phan Huy Le stressed that the worship of the Hung Kings is part of the nation’s custom of ancestor worship, which is the source of internal power to foster national solidarity. The practice has survived many ups and downs in history, with thousands of places of worship dedicated to the nation’s legendary founders across the country.