Scene at the Trang An festival (Photo: VNA)

Ninh Binh (VNA) – The two-day Trang An festival began at Suoi Tien temple within Trang An scenic complex in the northern province of Ninh Binh on Apil 24.

Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue attended the opening day and beat a drum to open the festival.

The festival is annually held on the 18th day of the third Lunar month to celebrate Saint Quy Minh Dai Vuong, a general under the reign of the 18th Hung King.

It is occasion for locals to pray for peace, happiness and bumper harvests.

This year, the event features traditional rituals and musical performances.

Earlier, Ninh Binh hosted the Truong Yen Festival 2016 at the Hoa Lu ancient capital historic site from April 15 to 17, aiming to commemorate King Dinh Tien Hoang who established the first centralised feudal state in Vietnam in 968.

The Trang An scenic complex was recognised as world Cultural and Natural Heritage by UNESCO.-VNA