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Cultural – Tourism Festival of Dinh Thay Thim 2017 - (02/11/2017)

(Muinetourism.vn).- The cultural – tourism festival of Dinh Thay Thim - La Gi town 2017 will officially take place from 02nd to 04th November 2017 (from 14th to 16 September  in Lunar Calendar) at Dinh Thay Thim (Thay Thim temple), La Gi town, Binh Thuan province with many traditional cultural and sports activities.
 

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This year, Dinh Thay Thim Festival is also held to celebrate the 20th anniversary since the temple was recognized as a national historical-cultural relic. The festival includes many folk rituals, e.g., the rite of “Nghinh Than” (Welcoming Gods), procession of bringing Decree and Certifitcate of Recognition of the relic, rite of “dang huong” (Offering insences), rite of “thinh sanh”, rite of “Thi thuc phat loc” (a kind of ceremonial offering that atfer it finished everybody can take “offerings” home for good luck). Besides, there will be many sporting and cultural activities, such as folk games (tug of war, human chess - people take the place of chess pieces), contest of making cake, performances of dragon and lion dance, exhibition of models describing the legend of Thay and Thim, traditional art performances. Especially, there will be performances presented by artists from Ho Chi Minh city on the night of 2nd and 3rd November.
 
* The schedule of Dinh Thay Thim Festival 2017
1/ On 02nd November 2017 (Thursday, 14th Semtember in Lunar Calendar)
- 5:00 a.m.: Rite of “Nghinh Than” (Welcoming Gods), procession of bringing Decree and Certifitcate of Recognition of the relic.
- 11:00 a.m., at Dinh Thay Thim: Rite of “nhap dien an vi”.
- 14:00 p.m., at Dinh Thay Thim: Opening of the exhibition of models describing the legend of Thay and Thim.
- 15:00 p.m., at Nganh Tam Tan: Opening of sports activities.
- 16:00 p.m., at Dinh Thay Thim: Dragon and lion dance performances.
- 19:00 p.m., at Dinh Thay Thim: The Festival’s Opening Ceremony.
2/ On 03rd November 2017 (Friday, 15th Semtember in Lunar Calendar)
- 07:30 a.m., at Dinh Thay Thim: Contest of Making Cake,
- 07:30 a.m.:  Games: human chess (people take the place of chess pieces) and tug of war.
- 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., at Dinh Thay Thim: “Cung ngo chay” (Making ceremonial offerings at noon, with all offerings are vegetarian) and giving charity meals.
- 14:30p.m., at Dinh Thay Thim: “Thi thuc phat loc” (a kind of ceremonial offering that atfer it finished everybody can take “offerings” home for good luck).
- 19:00 p.m., at the stage of Dinh Thay Thim: Art and music performances.
3/ 4th November 2017 (Saturday, 16th Semtember in Lunar Calendar)
- 4:00 a.m., at Dinh Thay Thim: “Le thinh sanh”.
- 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., at Dinh Thay Thim: Anniversary of ancestors’ death and worshipping soldiers.
- 16:00 p.m. - 17:00 p.m., at Dinh Thay Thim: Summation and the Closing Ceremony of the festival.

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