On the 8th day of the first lunar month every year, locals in Thi Cam village (Xuan Phuong ward, Hanoi’s Nam Tu Liem district) join together at the village’s communal house to celebrate their traditional rice cooking contest. The custom has existed for a long time each new spring, to pray for a prosperous, happy and peaceful Lunar New Year. With the throbbing drum, four teams (corresponding to the four “giap” – an ancient administrative unit in the village) participate in the rice cooking contest with the enthusiastic cheers of local people and visitors. Legend has it that in the reign of the 18th Hung King, General Phan Tay Nhac was assigned to fight the enemies. When his troops went to Huong Canh village (Thi Cam village today), he ordered to organise a cooking contest to select a few capable locals to work in logistics to serve the army. After his victory over foreign invaders, General Phan Tay Nhac returned to this land and instructed the local people on farming and weaving and modified customs. After his death, he was worshiped as “Thanh hoang” – a deity enshrined in the village’s communal house as a guardian to the village. To… Read full this story
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