A ceremony to commemorate Nguyen Trai, a Great Man of Culture of the World (Photo: VNA)
Hai Duong (VNA) – A wide range of activities have been held during the ongoing Con Son-Kiep Bac Autumn Festival 2016 in the northern province of Hai Duong.

Around 50 boats along with 350 fishermen and 300 martial artists participated in a military parade on Luc Dau River on September 17. The event aims to re-enact the Tran Dynasty army during the second struggle against Mongolian invaders.

Dragon and lion dances and martial art performances made the atmosphere more exciting.

Another highlight of the Con Son-Kiep Bac Autumn Festival 2016 was a folk music and dance festival at Kiep Bac Temple on September 16-17.

The ritual means to praise Tran Quoc Tuan (or Tran Hung Dao), one of the most revered figures in Vietnam’s history for his leading role in the country’s victories over three major Mongol invasions in the 13th century.

Covering an area of more than 8 hectares in Chi Linh town, the Con Son - Kiep Bac historical site is closely associated with the lives and careers of Tran Hung Dao and great poet Nguyen Trai (1380-1442), who was recognised as a Great Man of Culture of the World by UNESCO in 1980.

Con Son - Kiep Bac was recognised as a national heritage site in 1962 and a special national heritage site in 2012.

The Con Son - Kiep Bac spring and autumn festivals were recognised as national intangible cultural heritage in 2012.-VNA