Lam Kinh Festival takes place on the 22nd day of the eight lunar month in King Le temple, Lam Kinh, Tho Xuan District, Thanh Hoa Province.
Lam Kinh is the place of mausoleums and tombs of the Le Kings. At the Muc Son Quay, in front of the tomb area in the present-day Xuan Lam Commune, there is a small temple dedicated to King Le Thai To (or Le Loi). In the past, every three years, on the King’s death anniversary on the 22nd day of the eighth lunar month, the Le Kings and other mandarins from Dong Kinh (Thang Long – Hanoi) came here to carry out the ritual. Besides, the local residents hold an annual festival to commemorate the hero at this temple.
Besides the incense offering rite and other rituals like those in many other festivals throughout the country, in Lam Kinh Festival, there were ly lien (or ri ren) singing and dances and other performances. There was also the performance of bronze drums.
The festival was attended not only by the Kinh (Viet) people but also other Vietnamese ethnic groups in Thanh Hoa. They brought to the festival for selling several home-made products such as bee’s honey, aloe wood, cinnamon, mushroom, cat’s ear, herbs, etc.