A festival to commemorate the nation’s legendary mother, Au Co, officially kicked off at Au Co Temple in Hien Luong commune, Ha Hoa district, in the northern midland province of Phu Tho, on Jan. 29 or the seventh day of the first lunar month.
The festival forms part of activities of the “Return to the roots” tourism programme jointly launched by the northern provinces of Phu Tho, Yen Bai and Lao Cai.
Legend has it that the fairy Au Co, a daughter of De Lai, descended to earth on the seventh day of the first lunar month. She then married Lac Long Quan, whose real name was Sung Lam, the son of King Duong Vuong and Than Long Nu.
Au Co later gave birth to 100 eggs from which 100 children sprang forth. The couple then parted due to their different origins. The man went seawards with 50 of their children, while his wife went to the mountains with the other half of the clan.
Au Co taught local people how to cultivate rice, plant mulberry trees, breed silkworms and weave fabric before she returned to heaven on the 25 th day of the twelfth lunar month.
During the three-day festival, there will be an array of art performances and traditional games. Source: VNA