The Con Son – Kiep Bac Autumn Festival in Hai Duong province, one of the largest of its kind in the north of Vietnam, will take place from September 8-13 (from the 15th to the 20th day of the eighth lunar month).

The festival is organised at the Con Son – Kiep Bac relic site, which is closely associated with the life and cause of 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 victory over Mongolian invaders in the 13th century.

The annual event is to commemorate the hero, who passed away on the 20th day of the eight lunar month in 1300.

This year, an array of traditional rituals will be organised such as a seal opening ceremony at Kiep Bac temple; a ceremony praying for peace; a ritual procession, and a commemoration of the hero in Mam Xoi mount .

Other cultural activities like water puppetry, wrestling and rice cooking competitions, and boat races are also expected to attract much interest.

Con Son – Kiep Bac is the site of a defence line built at the end of the 13th century to protect the Thang Long Imperial Citadel. It witnessed important battles between the Tran dynasty (1226 - 1400) army and the Yuan-Mongol invaders.

Con Son also saw the pure and upright life of the Great Man of Culture of the World Nguyen Trai (1380-1442), one of Vietnam 's most famous poets and writers.

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

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism recognised Con Son-Kiep Bac spring and autumn festivals as the national intangible cultural heritage in 2013.-VNA