It’s easy to forget what Hung Kings Commemoration (Giỗ Tổ Hùng Vương) actually means while you’re sitting by the porch and planning a spring break vacation with your family —but that day signifies much more than just a ceremony for the Hùng Kings.
Hùng Kings Commemoration is one of the Vietnamese cultural events. This Commemoration is to worship and show gratitude to the Hùng Kings, the founders and first kings of the Vietnamese nation.
“ Wherever one may travel, Always remember the Commemoration on the 10th of the third lunar month”
("Dù ai đi ngược về xuôi, Nhớ ngày Giỗ Tổ mồng Mười tháng Ba”)
This folk proverb was deep in mind of each of Vietnamese people that reminds descent generations to memorize the origin and pilgrimage to the ancestral lands, aiming to express the gratefulness to grandsires. But as the Vietnamese communities grow and develop over time in the world, we seem to forgot our own histories and traditions. UVAC board members would like to encourage the young generation to remember our histories & traditions, to continue promote and celebrates our Vietnamese cultural & heritage.
April 17, 2016 UVAC hosted the Hung Kings Fest. This Fest is not just to remember and pay tribute to the contribution of the Hung Kings who are the traditional founders of the Vietnam nation but also created place and time where the cultural celebrants and the uninitiated alike have an opportunity to see the Vietnamese traditional ceremony, taste the traditional foods, hear the traditional music, watch the traditional dances, and share an appreciation of the featured culture such as rice pie (“bánh chưng, bánh dày), folk songs, historical essay contest, watermelon contest, dragon dance, bronze drum beating, etc. It is a great feeling to see many children and parents participate in every activity at the Fest that day. It is our hope to create an opportunity for the young generation to come together to celebrate and share our rich cultural heritages with everyone in Georgia.
I hope all future festivals will be more than just mere events; whether intentional or not, they should serve a much, much larger purpose.