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Hung Kings Temple Festival
The Hung Kings’ Temple Festival – Gio To Hung Vuong is a Vietnamese festival held annually from the 8th to the 11th days of the third lunar month in honor of the Hung Vuong or Hùng Kings. The 10th day of the the third lunar month has been recognized as a national holiday since 2007.
The purpose of this ceremony is to remember and pay tribute to the contribution of the Hung Kings who are the traditional founders of the nation and became its first emperors.
The first Hung king was King Duong Vuong. He came to power in 2879 BC and ruled an area covering what is now North Vietnam and part of southern China. The area was called Văn Lang and is regarded as the first nation of the Vietnamese people. Duong Vuong founded the Hong Bang Dynasty, whose descendants ruled Vietnam until 258 BC.