Thien Hau Temple Festival in Binh Duong
The Ba Thien Hau Pagoda was built in the ancient architectural style with bold Chinese characteristics, located in Phu Cuong ward, Thu Dau Mot city, Binh Duong province. Currently, the pagoda is one of the outstanding relics of Binh Duong province, famous for the Ba Thien Hau Pagoda Festival with many extremely jubilant and bustling cultural activities that you cannot miss.
The festival of Ba Thien Hau Pagoda (known to the people as Chua Ba) is held on the full moon day of the first lunar month every year with many jubilant cultural activities, attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world flocking to Binh Duong.
Meaning of Ba Thien Hau Pagoda Festival
Over the centuries, the story of Lady Thien Hau has appeared in many versions with different details. But all are directed to the image of a woman with a beautiful, filial heart who dares to sacrifice herself to protect others.
The Chinese people praise and worship her because she is a holy saint, an example to follow in terms of filial piety, kindness, and a righteous life. In order to establish a career, many Chinese people have crossed the waves of the sea to the South, on the way they prayed for her help and protection. After they settled and settled down in Vietnam, to express their deep gratitude for her support, these people together built Ba Thien Hau pagoda.
The purpose of the Ba Pagoda Festival is to remember her gratitude and to remind her descendants to have a good heart and help the community. The festival is not only one of the cultural activities of the Chinese people but also attracts visitors from all over the world to the temple to pray for peace, good weather and good weather.
Time and ritual to organize Ba Thien Hau Pagoda Festival
The festival of Ba Thien Hau Pagoda has many attractive performances imbued with folklore such as the appearance of legendary characters, parade floats, gongs, gongs, drums, flags, ... and indispensable dragon lions.
The festival is held at midnight on the 14th to 15th of the first lunar month every year. At this time, a large number of tourists come to pilgrimage and participate in the festival. The festival begins with an opening ceremony, followed by a liturgy in Cantonese praising her merits.
On the 15th, the most special part of the festival will be the procession of Ba palanquin going around Thu Dau Mot city with a lion, dragon, and flag.
According to Chinese custom, the first procession will be 4 dogs, with the shape of a golden lion and dragon, while the Ba palanquin goes in the middle. Followed by dozens of young people holding banners and swords, followed by lion dance teams, then to convoys of colorful flowers, then a long line of girls with bow ties carrying baskets of colorful fabric flowers, followed by lively groups of trumpets, flutes, and drums.
The people with houses around are excited to prepare offerings and pray for her blessings at the beginning of the year when the procession passes in front of the house. After doing all the rituals, people once return to Ba Pagoda to burn incense and pray for blessings for the new year.
On the night of the 22nd, there will be a ceremony to bathe Mrs. Entering the 23rd - the day to avoid her ass, people organize the procession of her once more. People will process the statue of Ba through the streets around the temple in the joyful atmosphere of the lion dance troupe, dragon dance group, ethnic music team, etc.
Normally, after worshiping, the worshiper will receive from the temple 3 sheets of paper with Chinese characters printed and stamped with the seal: "Holy Mother sits in town, joins family in peace, protects well-being". The Chinese call this "the procession of the grandmother's soul" to the altar in the family.
Things to note when coming and participating in Ba Thien Hau Pagoda Festival
To have a more complete and meaningful trip to Ba Thien Hau pagoda and the festival, you can pocket some travel notes below:
Ba Thien Hau Pagoda is a sacred and dignified place, so dress politely and discreetly. Ba Thien Hau Pagoda Festival attracts a large number of participants from Binh Duong to neighboring provinces. Therefore, when participating in the Ba Binh Duong Pagoda festival, you should pay attention to your belongings, and limit carrying many valuables with you to avoid theft. Additionally, you can bring ready-to-eat food and water and should use sunscreen and insect repellent.
Because Ba Thien Hau Pagoda Festival takes place in 2 days, to be able to participate and feel the jubilant and bustling atmosphere of the Festival, you also need to consider where to stop. For the convenience of traveling and living for tourists, Long Bao Chau Hotel - a 3-star hotel 2 kilometers from Ba Thien Hau Pagoda will be the perfect choice for you to stop.
The resort is designed in a luxurious style, fully equipped with high-class facilities with an area of 30 - 60 square meters decorated gently to create a cozy feeling. Coming to Long Bao Chau Binh Duong Hotel, you will feel like your second home.
Hope you have a pleasant experience staying at Long Bao Chau Hotel and staying in Binh Duong province.