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Feast and Commemoration Festival for Hoang Sa Soldiers: Honoring heroes
(03/04/2017)

On April 2,  hundreds of locals and  visitors attended the Feast and Commemoration for Hoang Sa (Paracel) Soldiers in An Hai village, Ly Son district, Quang Ngai province under heavy rain.

The commemoration  comprises of  a traditional ritual and a Four Sacred Animals boat race (Dragon, Qilin, Tortoise and Phoenix), . After the Master of Ceremony  read  a prayer to the  Gods, local clans in An Hai commune whose relatives fought  for national waters  offer incense and send out joss soldiers and miniature boats to the sea.

Then comes the boat race. Some 100 athletes  are divided into 4 teams representing the 4 sacred animals to  complete 800m along the coast in 4 lapses. .

 

The Feast and Commemoration for Hoang Sa (Paracel) Soldiers helps confirm Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly islands and demonstrates the nation’s gratitude for the heroic fighters who  took the King’s order to explore natural resources and mark national’s sea and island territories.

From 3 to 4 centuries ago, every year the Nguyen Lords selected 70 strong, skillful fishermen in An Vinh and An Hai communes of Ly Son island district in Quang Ngai province to  sail to Paracel archipelago to catch precious sea products  and protect national sovereignty. Tens of thousand of marine soldiers overcame storms and strong waves to measure the voyage, plant border markers, and harvest marine resources./.

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