Offerings presented to Hung Kings (Photo: VNA)

Prague (VNA)
– More than 1,000 overseas Vietnamese living the Czech Republic and other European nations were brought together at a ceremony in Prague on April 22 to celebrate the death anniversary of Hung Kings, the legendary founders of the Vietnamese nation.

The event, the seventh of its kind, featured 20 exhibition pavilions set up by Vietnamese people associations and businesses across Czech localities.

Visitors could enjoy traditional folk songs like Quan ho Bac Binh – which were inscribed in 2009 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and Then singing – the quintessence of ethnic culture in Vietnam’s northern province of Thai Nguyen.

They were able to taste Vietnamese special dishes and partake in a ‘chung’ cake wrapping contest.

A photo exhibition highlighting Vietnam’s sovereignty over seas and islands was held as part of the event.

Worshipping rituals were carried out to demonstrate the nation’s solidarity and tradition of paying tribute to ancestors. 

Vice President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Huu Dung said the success of the event was attributed to the presence of overseas Vietnamese from nearly 20 European nations. 

Meanwhile historian Duong Trung Quoc hailed the active participation of Vietnamese expatriates in the Czech Republic to strengthen national solidarity and commemorate the Hung Kings.

Legend has it that the Hung Kings ruled Vietnam from 2879 BC until 258 BC and are considered the founders of the nation. To honour the Kings, the tenth day of the third lunar month serves as the national commemorative anniversary for them. 

The worshipping rituals of the Hung Kings was recognised as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012.-VNA