Giay cake making contest at 2016 Con Son-Kiep Bac Spring Festival (Source: VNA)
Hai Duong (VNA) – The 2016 Con Son – Kiep Bac Autumn Festival will be held in the northern province of Hai Duong from September 10-20 with a wide range of activities.

The 10-day festival will feature a ceremony to commemorate 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 Mongolian invasions in the 13th century.

It will also include a military parade on boats on Luc Dau River, which re-enacts the Tran Dynasty army during the second struggle against Mongolian invaders, and a ceremony to release flower garlands and lanterns to pray for peace and prosperity.

Numerous traditional games and culture-art activities such as folk music, water puppetry and boat racing are expected to draw visitors.

During the festival, travel agencies will offer a number of promotion programmes for tourists.

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