Dinh Thay Thim Festival

Dinh Thay Thim Festival in La Gi Town 2016 - (17/10/2016)

(Muinetourism.vn).- On the night of 14th October 2016 (14th of September in Lunar Calendar), the openning ceremony of Dinh Thay Thim Festival in La Gi town 2016 was held in Dinh Thay Thim (Thay Thim Palace), a temple built to worship a hermit called Thay (The Wizard) and his wife – Thim (The Aunt) in Tan Tien commune, La Gi town, Binh Thuan province with the presence of leaders of the provincial Party Committee, Departmeny of Culture, Sports & Tourism, representative of local leaders and a great number of  local residents and visitors.

According to folklore, this is “Te Thu”, one of two big rituals annually take place in Dinh Thay Thim. To begin the opening ceremony, Mr.Nguyen Huu Tri - Head of the Management Board of Thay Thim Palace relic read stories about merits and virtues of Thay (The Wizard) and his wife – Thim (The Aunt). After that, there was the incense offering ritual, which deeply marked with coastal folk tradition to commemorate Thay and Thim and the festive drum performance.
In his opening speech, Mr.Tran Thanh Que - Vice Chairman of La Gi People’s Committee and the Chief Organizer of this festival, stated that Dinh Thay Thim festival not only enriches the cultural activities of residents in La Gi, Binh Thuan and Southern provinces but also is a part of Vietnam’s intangible cultural treasures.

Dinh Thay Thim Festival 2016, lasting from 14th to 16th October, includes many traditional rituals like “Nghinh than”, procession of bringing Decree and Certifitcate of Recognition of the relic, “nhap dien an vi”, “thi thuc phat loc”,  “thinh sanh”, anniversary of ancestors’ death and worshipping soldiers. Besides, there are many cultural and sporting activities such as performance of human chess match (people take the place of chess pieces), dragon & lion dances, folk games and art performances.
This year, the festival is also organized to celebrate 19 years since Thay Thim Palace were recognized as national historical – cultural relic (1997 - 2016) and the 21st Binh Thuan Tourism Day (24/10/1995 - 24/10/2016).
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