Nguyen Trai Temple in Hai Duong province (Photo: http://baotanglichsu.vn)

Hai Duong (VNA) – A ceremony to commemorate the 574th death anniversary of Nguyen Trai, a national hero and a world cultural celebrity, was held at Con Son-Kiep Bac relic site in Chi Linh town of northern Hai Duong province on September 16.

As part of the Con Son-Kiep Bac Autumn Festival 2016, the event attracted the participation of provincial leaders, Buddhist monks and followers, together with thousands of visitors from across the nation.

Earlier, a literature parade (ruoc van) from Con Son Pagoda to Nguyen Trai Temple was organised with Buddhist and traditional rituals.

Nguyen Trai, pen name Uc Trai, was born in Chi Ngai commune, Chi Linh district in 1380. He followed Le Loi in the resistance war against the Ming invaders and made great contributions to the nation’s glorious victories.

He was also the author of a huge volume of literary works, including 110 poems and especially Binh Ngo Dai Cao (Great Proclamation upon the Pacification of the Wu), one of the country’s first declarations of independence.

In 1980, on the occasion of his 600th birthday, Nguyen Trai was recognised by UNESCO as a world cultural celebrity, an eminent military expert and a talented politician.-VNA