The northern province of Phu Tho has worked hard to have facilities and activities ready for this year’s festival to commemorate the nation’s legendary founders, the Hung Kings.

The Hung Kings Temple Festival will begin on April 5 (the sixth day of the third lunar month) at the Hung Kings Temple Relic Site with the participation of several provinces nationwide, including Bac Ninh, Quang Binh, Vinh Long and Long An, which represent the three regions of the country.

Some five million visitors are expected to make a pilgrimage to Phu Tho to offer their respect to Lac Long Quan and Au Co - the ancestors of the Vietnamese, and the Hung Kings.

An array of activities will be held during the five-day event, including art performances, photo exhibitions and a contest to make Chung and Giay square and round sticky rice cakes.

Apart from festive activities, traditional rites will be organised to honour the two world cultural heritage - the worship of Hung Kings and Phu Tho Xoan singing.

In addition, special foods from 13 districts and towns throughout the province will be displayed at the festival.

The annual Hung Kings Temple Festival commemorates 18 Hung Kings, the founders of the country and who started a golden age in Vietnamese history. It was recognised as a national event in 2007.

The temple is located on Nghia Linh Mountain, Phong Chau district in Phu Tho province, about 100km northwest of Hanoi. It is a complex of ancient tombs, monuments and temples./.