Hai Ba Trung Festival is held in different places including Hat Mon Temple (Hanoi), Ha Loi Temple (Vinh Phuc), and Dong Nhan Temple (Hanoi). Hai Ba Trung’s heroic uprising against the ruling Chinese lasted 3 years and was defeated. However this uprising is an event of great significance as it left a bright example to later generations.
Hai Ba Trung Festival runs from the 3rd to the 6th day of the second month of the lunar calendar.
On the 3rd day, it starts with the ritual ceremony of opening the temple’s door. In the morning of the 4th day, people begin the funeral ceremony. The 5th day is the main day of the festival. During this day, it holds a statue-bathing ceremony, woman-officer worshipping ceremony and a candlelight dance. On the 6th day is the vegetarian diet ceremony. According to ancient practices, a ritual worshipping ceremony is performed by elderly women.
The statue-bathing ceremony is the most important. In the early morning, a procession involving lacquered and gilded palanquins carried by young men and escorted by older men with a music band, solemnly proceeds from the temple to the Red River.