Feast and Commemoration festival for Hoang Sa soldiers

Tuesday - 03/12/2019 02:26
The feast and commemoration festival for Hoang Sa soldiers is a festival held by Ly Son people every year at An Vinh communal house and maintained for hundreds of years. At the initial days of Hoang Sa Flotilla newly formed Team, on an annual basis, people of Ly Son Island were recruited into this Flotilla to be soldiers and coolies for exploitation and protection of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa. The feast and commemoration festival for Hoang Sa soldiers is a unique festival
with the tradition of “when drinking water, think of its source” to show gratitude to the ancients’ merit or the An Vinh group of Hoang Sa Flotilla who left to search for products and mark the sea border without return.

This is a big festival not only of Ly Son district but also of Quang Ngai province. The festival is organized in a very elaborate manner with many stages, but the most special is the dropping of paper boats to the sea, which implies the continuous seafaring as before. Perhaps it’s the reason why the festival is named as “feast and commemoration festival for Hoang Sa soldiers”. On these days, local people also cover and clean the tombs of Hoang Sa Flotilla soldiers (called the wind tombs by local people). The feast and commemoration festival for Hoang Sa soldiers is organized in conjunction with cultural activities such as: festival of flower garlands and colored lanterns, bội singing, lion dance, boat greeting ceremony and traditional “four-sacred spirit” boat racing festival.

The feast and commemoration festival for Hoang Sa soldiers contributes to reflect the history of protecting the territorial sovereignty of Vietnam in the East Sea, especially the sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes, of Hoang Sa - Truong Sa Flotilla soldiers and Hoang Sa - Truong Sa naval forces. The ceremony at An Vinh communal house and the families on Ly Son Island contributed to arousing patriotism as well as preserving the cultural values of the
ancestors, helping to consolidate the community, educating traditions for the younger generations in Ly Son, Quang Ngai in particular and Vietnam in general. The offerings and worship rituals show the specific cultural nuances of Ly Son residents. This ceremony is associated with the establishment and operation history of Hoang Sa Flotilla, associated with our country’s history of territorial sovereignty in the East Sea. The feast and commemoration festival for Hoang Sa soldiers is a ceremony to show gratitude to those ancient Hoang Sa and Truong Sa soldiers. With such meaning and importance of this cultural heritage, in April 2013, the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism decided to include the Feast and commemoration festival for Hoang Sa soldiers in the List of national intangible cultural heritage under the category of social practices and beliefs.
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