Tran Temple Festival in Nam Dinh: Reappearing Ngoc Lo procession

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Ngoc Lo procession
Ngoc Lo procession

Ngoc Lo procession is one of the important rituals in the Tran Temple Festival (Nam Dinh) newly restored to remember the merit of ancestors.

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Ngoc Lo procession

Mr. Nguyen Van Thu, Director of Nam Dinh Provincial Museum and a cultural researcher in Nam Dinh said Pho Minh pagoda worships Buddhist Emperor Tran Nhan Tong, the third king of Tran dynasty and also the first person of Truc Lam.

Ngoc Lo procession
Ngoc Lo procession

In the spring festival, the organization of procession from Pho Minh Pagoda (also known as Thap pagoda) to Thien Truong Temple (Loc Vuong Ward, Nam Dinh City) has the meaning of taking a person of Tran family to attend ancestor worship ritual lineage.

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This is an expression of tolerance and faith between Vietnam’s Buddhism and religion. Vietnamese people always tolerant of religion, belief and expression of community cohesion, cohesion of believers making up the wider community solidarity, contributing to traditional education for future generations.

The historical evidence

Ngoc Lo procession
Ngoc Lo procession

As documented in the book “Tan Bien Nam Dinh Tinh du dia chi luoc” (New geograhphic book of Nam Dinh province) by Dr. Khieu Nang Tinh in the early twentieth century: “Tuc Mac has wrestling practice on January 15th at Tran Temple. In the afternoon of January 14th, the places such as: Bao Loc Temple, Luu Pho, Hau Boi, De Tu, Phuong Bong, Chua Tap and Co Trach were prepared for procession”.