Co loa - Vietnam festival info
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Co loa

The festival takes place every year from the 6th to the 16th of the 1st lunar month at An Duong Vuong temple in Dong Anh district, on the outskirts of Hanoi.

On the 6th day of Tet, the literature procession is preceded by a flag that symbolizes the five elements (metal, wood, water, fire and earth), a musical company, and a sacrifice. This procession featuring two sedan chairs proceeds through the 12 hamlets of  Co Loa commune. One carries a small statue of the king, the other a beheaded statue of his daughter--her punishment for assisting in an attempt at his life.

Besides these processions, there are many activities such as swinging, rice cooking, singing Vietnamese popular opera and other events.

On the 16th day of the first lunar month, the festival is closed with a thanksgiving ceremony.