This year’s Lam Kinh festival was held in central Thanh Hoa province on September 15 (the 20th day of the eighth lunar month) in celebration of the 596th anniversary of the Lam Son uprising and the 581st death anniversary of national hero Le Loi, also known as Le Thai To, the first king of the Vietnamese Le Dynasty.

The two-day ceremony was witnessed by ministers, provincial authorities and hundreds of thousands of local residents and tourists from across the country, who flocked to the historical site of Lam Kinh in Tho Xuan district to pay tribute to the Le Kings.

The ceremony featured a variety of traditional rituals in commemoration of the ancestors.

In addition to the traditional ceremony, art performances were organised, which re-enacted important historical events in the ten-year resistance against the Ming invaders, such as the ceremony when Le Loi and his soldiers took their fighting vows, Le Loi’s battles, and his coronation.

Various events paying tribute to King Le Thai To took place throughout the province, including sports competitions and cultural and folk games.

Documentaries, photographs and books on the uprising and the Vietnamese Kings of the late Le dynasty were exhibited during the festival.

Legend has it that the dire living conditions under foreign rule were the initial motivation for the uprising. Patriots, led by Le Loi, came together in the Lung Nhai Oath Ceremony in 1416 to declare their intent to liberate the country from the control of Chinese Ming invaders and bring peace to their compatriots.

Le Loi and his insurgent army claimed victory in 1427. He ascended the throne as Le Thai To in 1428, the first king of the late Le dynasty (1427-1789). He established the capital in Thang Long (now Hanoi) and renamed it Dong Kinh. He also made his birthplace, Lam Son, the second capital and named it Lam Kinh, also known as Tay Kinh.

Today, the passage of 600 years has left its mark on Lam Kinh, with the majority of buildings dating back to the Le dynasty in ruins or buried under more recent structures.

On September 26 last year, the historical site of Lam Kinh in Thanh Hoa province was recognised as a special national relic.-VNA