Thursday, April 13, 2017

Ceremony commemorates soldiers of ancient Hoang Sa Flotilla

The annual event aims to pay tribute to sailor-soldiers under the Nguyen Dynasty who travel to Hoang Sa (Paracel) islands to measure sea routes and erect steles on islands to safeguard national sovereignty over seas and islands as well as exploit natural resources and products to make offerings to the imperial court.
The festival has been preserved for hundreds of years by people in Ly Son island district and has become a unique ritual.
In addition to contributing to preserving cultural identities of Ly Son fishermen, the festival is a meaningful event to affirm the country’s sovereignty over the seas and islands, said Director of Quang Ngai provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Earlier on April 2, people in An Hai commune also held the Feast and Commemoration Festival for Hoang Sa (Paracel) flotilla soldiers.
According to Vietnam’s feudal state history, the Hoang Sa flotilla was set up at the end of the 16th century to patrol the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos to exploit resources and protect national island sovereignty.
‘Le khao le the linh Hoang Sa’ was recognised as part of the national intangible cultural heritage in 2016.


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