Thai Vi Temple- Scared Temple On Hoa Lu Ancient Capital
Thai Vi Temple is located in Van Lam Village, Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province. The four Tran Kings were Tran Thai Tong, Tran Thanh Tong, Tran Nhan Tong, Tran Anh Tong and Hoang Thai Hau. This is the largest festival of the year in Ninh Hai Commune to commemorate the gratitude of the Tran Kings, especially King Tran Thai Tong, who had a civil service in Ninh Hai Commune.
The festival usually takes place from March 14th to the end of March 16th of the lunar calendar, the festival is the full moon day in March, every three years, and the people in the region organized a large festival. Every year, on December 28th, Van Lam villagers perform the ritual bathing ceremony at the temple in Ninh Hai Commune. Water in the jade well in front of the temple is taken up and used in this ritual.
On the festival of the occasions, from the afternoon of 14/3 lunar calendar, Van Lam villagers were celebrating the opening procession shrine holy incense bowl out the home to Cac Temple.
On the morning of March 15th, the lunar calendar is the main festival; the objects are brought out, cleaned, and placed in the dragon yard with other offerings: a thick cake with a tray, on the cake with a very beautiful phoenix pictures. In addition, the gifts also include fruits, bananas, pigs, boiled chicken; sticky rice … Especially white sticky rice stands for transparency, high purity. The people also offered a bowl of rice and a bowl of raw vegetables since before, when King Tran Thai Tong came here, the area around the temple was the forest perhaps that is why the king named as Thai Vi.
The festival consists of two parts: Include part of the ceremony and the festival.
The first rite of the day is the procession. The procession at Thai Vi temple was not only one group, but also thirty groups of processions of communes in Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province. Each troupe is usually accompanied by three palanquins, one for palanquin, one for kings, and one for princesses. Palanquin is decorated with glitter, colorful colors. After the goods of the delegation are the goods carrying flowers incense. Then the ward of the sound bowl, then to the sacrifice led by the head of the second row, all dressed in. The procession departs from the communal house or temple of the procession to gather in the family, then all the procession into the Thai Vi temple to the king. Normally, the procession of the village will take the lead, followed by the delegation of Hanh Cung Village, Ninh Thang Commune, and followed by the procession of other villages, communes, even in other districts in Khanh Hoa Commune, Yen Khanh District, where worship Princess Tran Huyen Chan.
After the procession arrives at the temple, the torch will be conducted. They entered the palace in order to burn incense and then fire the torch relay and burned on the stone tray outside the court.
And the last rite in the celebration is the sacrifice; this is a very important and solemn rite. Each procession is set up a priest. The project includes elderly people, village dignitaries. The main hall consists of 5 people. One of the priests, the two he divided and the two sacrifice. He had his brother, he beat him, and he beat the radio. Finally, he read nine chapters of a ritual song praising King Tran. In particular, he praised the merit of King Tran Thai Tong through the art of performing. After each quintessence, there are two people in the ward; the man playing the piano, the woman singing Ca Tru.
The end of the ceremony is the ritual. This is a very exciting entertainment of the people to attend the festival. The Association of Thai Vi Temple often organizes folk games are very attractive, such as: cooking rice contest, dragon boat racing, Cheo performance, prostitution, flag, frog, tug, dragon dance, lion dance…
All the people from all over the places gather, everyone is immersed in the sacred atmosphere of the festival and the hustle and bustle of exciting folk games. The drumbeat, the gongs and the smooth melodies of Ca Tru make anyone who has ever come to this land will not forget a charming country as well as a very special traditional festival on the ancient land.
Written by Tracy Nguyen