Tran temple festival is one of major traditional festivals in Nam Dinh. The festival was organized on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month.
The structure of this place has three main buildings, comprised of the Thien Truong Temple (Up Temple), Trung Hoa Temple (Center Temple), and Co Trach Temple (Down Temple). Thien Truong Temple was established from the base of Trung Quang Palace in which the former King lived and worked.
The first aisle of the temple has the altars and plaques of the Tran Dynasty’s mandarins. The other two aisles in the back are devoted to worshipping the Tran Kings and their ancestors, and the altars of their queens are located at the sides of the interior. Co Trach Temple is devoted to Tran Quoc Tuan, one of the most famous generals in the history of Vietnam, who had three epic victories for the Tran Dynasty against Mongol invaders.
Tran Temple Festival is open at the Thien Truong Temple in Loc Vuong ward in the northern province of Nam Dinh. The seal opening ceremony, the main ritual of the festival, will take place on the 14th night of the first lunar month. Each year, people flock to the ceremony to pray for gook luck and happiness. The festival will be the water procession and fish worshipping rituals on the first day of the event, which honour fishing during the times of the Tran dynasty.
Guests will enjoy other activities during the Tran Temple Festival including lion dances, dragon dances, cheo (traditional opera) and chau van (spiritual) singing, human chess, wrestling and martial arts performances.