Hung Kings Festival

Hung Kings’ Festival is an event that is held annually in Vietnam, starting on the 8th day of the third lunar month and ending on the 11th day of the same month. It is a holiday and festival that honors the Hung Kings and the role they played in the history of the country.

Although the event takes place over the course of four days, the actual official holiday is observed on the 10th of the month since 2007. The official name for this holiday is the Death Anniversary of the Hung Kings, but the entire holiday event is also known as the Hung Kings’ Temple Festival.

The History of the Hung Kings’ Festival

In 2879 BC, the first Hung King—Kinh Duong Vuong—came to power. He ruled what would now be known as North Vietnam and part of Southern China. He founded the Hung King Dynasty, and his descendants ruled over Vietnam until 258 BC.

Facts About Vietnam

Below are some of the facts we’ve uncovered about Vietnam that we thought everyone interested in the Hung Kings’ Festival would like to know. The following bits of trivia are only some of the facts we’ve learned about this mysterious and beautiful country.

  • Vietnam has over 392 rivers.
  • Vietnam is the world’s leading exporter of black pepper and cashews.
  • The most popular sport in Vietnam is soccer.
  • Vietnam is the second-largest coffee exporter in the world.
  • There is a wine in this country called “snake wine.” It is made with herbs, rice wine, and whole snakes.
  • Drinking snake wine in Vietnam is supposed to cure back pain and increase vitality.

Observing the Hung Kings Festival

At temples all across Vietnam, offerings are given to the Hung Kings during this festival. One of the main events is at the Hung Temple on Nghia Linh Mountain in Phu Tho Province, but there are also events at the over 1450+ temples located across the country. Over 5 million visitors take part in these festivities each year.

Where is it celebrated?
Vietnam (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
April 18 Thursday
Next year (2025)
April 7 Monday
Last year (2023)
April 29 Saturday