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Phu Giay
Phu Giay © Sondra Stewart

Phu Giay Festival

The Phu Giay Festival is dedicated to the goddess Lieu Hanh and is celebrated at the beginning of the third month according to the lunar calendar. Every year, thousands make the pilgrimage to Phu Giay Temple, about 55 miles (88.5 km) from Hanoi. As part of the festivities, devotees get involved in various games and activities like capture the flag, human chess, lion dancing, and the like.

Traditionally, around 30 young men from every village join the festival carrying long decorated bamboo sticks and stand in position to forge four Chinese characters 'Mau Nghi Thien Ha'. Men and women usually dress in traditional Vietnamese clothing and the vibrant celebration is seen to bring good luck to those who partake.

Venue: Phu Giay Temple, Kim Thai commune, Vu ban district, Nam Dinh province
Date: 26-31 March 2020
Time: Various