The festival of Tra Co Communal House Festival annually held in July is one of the most typical cultural festival in Mong Cai city. It has been recognized as a national intangible heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism since 2019.

A palanquin procession to welcome the tutelary gods.

Built in 1461 with unique architectural style of the later Le Dynasty, the structure of Tra Co Communal House was dedicated to tutelary genies of the village. The historical relic is typical for village culture of Vietnam in feudal period.

The relic covers an area of 400m² and has a frame of rare wood. On the sides of the roof, the curved corners are adorned with dragon heads. Decorative carvings are crowded with mythological animals – unicorns, turtles, dragons, and phoenixes – and magical elements – flowers and clouds. The relic is famous for the dragon carvings on its doors and its transverse panels of gold and red lacquer.

Tra Co Temple Festival is organized into two parts including the ritual ceremonies and the festival section. The first part consists of ritual ceremonies and the procession of the Gods. Tra Co Temple Festival comprises cultural performances, calligraphy writing along some fun games such as tug of war, stilts, and volleyball. Especially, the unique feature of the festival is the “Mr. Elephant” contest.

Apart from Tra Co Communal House, Mong Cai border city’s Tra Co ward is also renowned for Cape Sa Vi, Tra Co Beach, Nam Tho Pagoda, Van Ly Khanh pagoda, Tra Co church, the stele commemorating Uncle Ho’s visit to Tra Co in 1961 and the Sa Vi border information cluster. Every tourist is likely to have great impression on this beautiful and culturally rich land.

The Tra Co Festival is held annually from May 30th to June 3rd of the lunar calendar to commemorate the ancestors and pay tribute to their merit in building the village and defending it against foreign invaders.
Dragon dance performance.
Highlight of the Tra Co Temple Festival is the “Mr. Elephants” competition. The Mr. Elephants are actually pigs, who have been carefully raised for a year by 12 middle-aged men, who are strong, having good business and production experience, a healthy lifestyle, a happy family, and no recent death in the family.
Before being taken before the tutelary gods, the Mr. Elephants are washed and placed on palanquins covered with curtains.
The “Mr. Elephant” contest
Stilt walking competition

 

 

 

 

Source: Quang Ninh Online

Chung nhan Tin Nhiem Mang