Cau Ngu (Fishing) Festival in Phu Yen – Traditional Event In Vietnam

Phu Yen has long been a popular tourist destination that everyone wants to visit. Not only because of the rich and poetic natural scenery and delectable cuisine, but also because of well-known festivals. Not to mention the fishing festival in Phu Yen, which has been designated as an intangible national cultural heritage. The long-standing fishing festival quickly became Phu Yen’s cultural identity.

This festival fills a void in the spiritual and spiritual lives of fishermen who wish for a calm sea, a heavy net full of fish, and a prosperous and happy life. This is a traditional folk festival that has been preserved and promoted in Vietnam’s South Central region in general, and in Phu Yen in particular. Explore this festival with Palm Beach Hotel in the article below.

Fishing festival in Phu Yen overview

The fishing festival is folklore based on fishermen’s bold beliefs about the sea profession. Every year, from the first to the sixth lunar month, Phu Yen’s coastal and lagoon villages host a fishing festival.

Tomb of the Marshal, where Whale is worshipped, is the festival location. The Festival is divided into two sections: procedures and the actual festival. The procedures are solemn, with rites such as greeting God, welcoming royal honor, and reading oration.  Vietnamese folk game shows such as Vietnamese Coastal Folk Boat-rowing Singing (Ba Trao), Boat Racing, and Swinging Coracles are featured at the festival. Especially, the Vietnamese classic opera, a traditional art performance type, is important at the Fishing Festival.

Whales are always revered by seafarers and hold a special place in the lives of fishermen. When floating on the sea, fish frequently assist people in overcoming dangers. The fishing festival is a cultural tradition that honors fishermen. Simultaneously, pray for smooth sailing and smooth sailing.

How does the Phu Yen fishing festival take place?

About the time of the fishing festival

The fishing festival is not organized on a single day, but it takes place at different times in different parts of Phu Yen. The chosen date can be the day the first Whale falls or the day the king is ordained, or, according to custom, the business that the people in the village set the festival date on their own. However, fishing festivals in Phu Yen are typically held from March to August of the lunar calendar. This is the beginning of the dry season in Phu Yen, and the natural conditions and weather are ideal for fun activities and festivals. This is also peak tourist season, so there will be a large number of visitors. If you want to attend this one-of-a-kind festival, make sure to visit Phu Yen during this period.

The fishing festival is not organized on a single day, but it takes place at different times in different parts of Phu Yen. The chosen date can be the day the first Whale falls or the day the king is ordained, or, according to custom, the business that the people in the village set the festival date on their own. However, fishing festivals in Phu Yen are typically held from March to August of the lunar calendar. This is the beginning of the dry season in Phu Yen, and the natural conditions and weather are ideal for fun activities and festivals. This is also peak tourist season, so there will be a large number of visitors. If you want to attend this one-of-a-kind festival, make sure to visit Phu Yen during this period.

Festival location

The Phu Yen fishing festival is held solemnly at Whale Tomb. The province currently has 41 Whale tombs. This is where the majority of the fishing festival’s ritual sacrifices take place.

The Tomb of Whale resembles a communal house, which is typically built near a river, the sea, and faces east. Whale Tomb, with its delicate and meticulous artistic architecture, is an important component in the dossier for recognition of the National Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Phu Yen Fishing Festival. The whale tomb has a long history of development. According to research, this work can be completed concurrently with the formation of the first villages in Phu Yen. The Tomb is divided into three main sections:

  • Part of the stripping: Vo Ca (Stage).
  • The main hall is in the center (Worshiping the jade bone of the Whale, the tablets of the water gods, the predecessors, the post-sages).
  • The following section is about finding a meeting place and welcoming guests.

Specifics about the festival

The Phu Yen fishing festival usually lasts at least two days. People will lead a procession on the first day’s afternoon. As a result, the fishermen brought palanquins to the sea mouth in order to transport the Whale and the water goes back to the mausoleum to rest. The festival continues in the early morning of the second day with offerings of offerings, betel nut, and wine. The first worship ceremony should be planned for the afternoon and evening of the second day. Sacrifice costs are borne by the people themselves.

Aside from the special ceremony, folk performances are the distinguishing feature that contributes to the success of the fishing festival. First and foremost, there is the art form of singing for the spirit, rowing for fishing, and Vietnamese popular opera are all terms used to describe Ba Trao singing. Every Phu Yen fishing festival requires this folk performance art form.

Furthermore, the fishing festival includes art forms such as Vietnamese opera. There are also thrilling sports such as boat racing, basket swinging, bottle-shaking, stilts, tug of war, traditional martial arts, and so on. All of this contributes to a dignified yet vibrant festival. One of the best places that tourists should not miss when visiting Phu Yen.

The fishing festival in Phu Yen, in particular, and the seas in general, not only strengthens the spirit of community solidarity but also strengthens the fishermen who stay at sea day and night. It also helps to protect the country’s sovereignty over the sea and islands. And if you have the chance to visit Phu Yen, you should not miss this festival. Also, if you want to stay in a classy hotel while visiting Phu Yen, don’t miss the Palm Beach Hotel.

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