Bach Ma Temple Festival

Vietnam Festivals - Bach Ma Temple festivalTime: the 12th to the 13th day of the second lunar month.
Place: 76 Hang Buom Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Bach Ma God (the symbol of God of sun), Long Do God (the god defends the east), confer a title of “Thang Long Capital of Nation royal tutelary god”
Characteristics: Xuan Nguu presenting rite.

The Bach Ma Temple or the White Horse Temple is one of the most popular and most important temples found in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is known to honor a white house that was believed to be an incarnation of a local river god.

Found along Sail Street, which is locally known as Hang Buom, Den Bach Ma is more than a thousand years old, dating to the 9th Century. Unfortunately, despite such ancient claims, nothing is left to this date from its founding days. The temple dates back to its 18th and 19th Century construction and still stands as one of the grandest temples in the Old Quarters of Hanoi.

Of the first days, religious rituals and cultural activities such as lion dancing, worship of the male, worship of the female, “tru” singing (Vietnamese traditional music type), incense offering ceremony will be carried out.

The festival, with the participation of local people from the youth to the old, is widely open to public.