Hùng Kings’ Commemoration Day

View of Vietnamese food for Tet holiday in spring, jam is traditional food and teapot set on lunar new year. Dried fruit and jam as tradition dessert - Mut Tet on wooden table. Selective focus.

Hùng Kings’ Commemoration Day is one of the most celebrated national holidays in Vietnam. It takes place annually on the 10th day of the third lunar month, with the festivities beginning two days prior.

This holiday pays tribute to the dynastic Hung King family — a 5,000-year-old dynasty of emperors who shaped the country of Vietnam. The festival is celebrated at more than 1,400 Hung King temples across the nation. The festivities include elephant parades, incense lighting, communal meals, and flower processions. Many local communities flock to the provinces to catch a glimpse of the spectacle and offer their prayers for the Hung Kings’ contributions.

Vietnamese culture is deeply rooted in family ancestry and culinary traditions. Popular dishes eaten during Hùng Kings’ Commemoration include bánh chưng rice cakes and fresh fruits. As part of the holiday, food is an important symbol of worship and offerings to the Hung Kings.

Fun fact: The United Nations and UNESCO included Hung King’s Commemoration on their list of cultural heritage for humanity.

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