Visitors at A Sao Temple (Source: nhandan.com.vn)
Thai Binh (VNA) – A ceremony was held in the northern province of Thai Binh on September 20 to kick off the A Sao Temple Festival and receive a certificate recognising the festival as a national intangible cultural heritage.

The festival began with drumming and dragon dances as well as an art performance highlighting the historical and spiritual significance of the temple.

It will run until September 22, featuring traditional cultural rituals and folk games.

Located in An Thai commune, Quynh Phu district, A Sao Temple was built to worship General Tran Hung Dao (Tran Quoc Tuan), the Supreme Commander of Vietnam during the Tran dynasty (1225-1400), who led the Dai Viet army to repel Mongolian invasions in 1258, 1285 and 1288.

The temple is considered a holy land owing a strategic position that contributed to victories over the Mongolian invaders.

In 2014, the temple relic complex received the national cultural and historical relic certificate from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The provincial People’s Committee approved a plan to build a historical relic site of the Tran Dynasty covering nearly 32 hectares in A Sao hamlet, An Thai commune.-VNA