Second plow fest revives 1,000-year-old tradition

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The Tich Dien â€" Doi Son Festival, (King’s Ploughing Festival) that originated more than 1,000 years ago will be celebrated in Ha Nam Province from February 18-20 (lunar January 5 to 7).

Government and Party officials will plough the first three furrows for the New Year with the help of buffaloes to get the festival going. They will be followed by girls who will sow seeds for the first crop.

It is said that the festival, during which people pray for bumper harvests, originated on a spring day in the 10th century when King Le Dai Hanh (941- 1005) went to plough a field in Doi Son Commune, Duy Tien District, to encourage farmers to work diligently.

Ha Nam Province restored the Tich Dien â€" Doi Son Festival for the first time last year. Now, it plans to organize the event every year.

Reported by Le Tung

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