|Phan Thiet gears up for Nghinh Ong Festival|
|Aug 17, 2012 at 09:44 AM|
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This is the traditional festival of the Chinese community in the city to pray for peace and a happy life for locals. The festival will begin with some important rituals at Ong Pagoda including a Buddhist prayer ceremony, whale worshipping and a ceremony where people release lanterns on the river to pray for a good life.
The highlight of the festival is the procession of Quan Thanh De Quan, accompanied by about 1,000 people doing folk performances in the city center. Quan, who was a general in Chinese history, symbolizes strength, courage, goodness and faith. There will be music shows, traditional Chinese fashion, dragon dances, tuong classic drama, martial arts and folk games.