Ong Dia Temple Festival
The Ong Dia Temple Festival is held in 125 Le Loi Street, Ward 3, Go Vap District. The festival ceremony is on the 2nd day of the second lunar month. The worship is for genie of the earth Phuc Duc Chinh Than and many other popular genies.
The Ong Dia Temple was built early in the 19th century, honoured in 1852 by King Tu Duc. Every year, the festival is held on the 2nd day of the second lunar month, that is the birth anniversary of the Earth genie Phuc Duc Chinh Than. This festival represents for temple festivals in Ho Chi Minh City and Southern part with the beginning ceremony âgiong trong khai trangâ beating drum), then followed âmoi trauâ rite by singing of bong roi, which invites deities to attend the ceremony. A comedy classical drama called âDia Nangâ is performed. Two characters Ong Dia (a genie of the earth) and Nang Tien (a fairy), put together a criticism of the wrong doings of the feudal regime. The festival then concludes with a distribution of gifts.