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Ly Son island’s traditional boat race certified as national intangible cultural

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A ceremony of receiving certificate of recognizing national intangible cultural heritage of "Tu Linh" (Four mythical creatures in Vietnamese culture including Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle, and Phoenix) boat race on Ly Son Island off the central province of Quang Ngai was held by the People’s Committee of Ly Son District on April 27.
Ly Son island’s traditional boat race certified as national intangible cultural  ảnh 1 Ly Son District receives certificate of recognizing national intangible cultural heritage of "Tu Linh" (Four mythical creatures) boat race .
Ly Son island’s traditional boat race certified as national intangible cultural  ảnh 2
This brings to two traditional festivals in Ly Son that have been accredited as national intangible cultural heritages, including “Le khao le the linh Hoang Sa” (Feast and Commemoration Festival for Hoang Sa Soldiers) ceremony and Tu Linh boat race.

On this occasion, a folk boat race with the participation of eight teams was also organized on the island on the same day.
Ly Son island is expected to receive around 10,000 visitors in the upcoming public holidays, National Reunification Day (April 30) and International Labor Day (on May 1), said Deputy Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ly Son District Le Van Ninh.
Ly Son island’s traditional boat race certified as national intangible cultural  ảnh 3 At the award ceremony of the boat race
Ly Son island’s traditional boat race certified as national intangible cultural  ảnh 4
Ly Son island’s traditional boat race certified as national intangible cultural  ảnh 5
Ly Son island’s traditional boat race certified as national intangible cultural  ảnh 6 A folk boat race with the participation of eight teams is organized on Le Son Island. 
The traditional boat race dates back more than 300 years, aiming at paying tribute to natives’ ancestors who formed the island and soldiers who have fought for the country’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes as well as praying for prosperity, peace and bumper fish harvests.
The competition is usually held on national and traditional festivals, such as the lunar New Year, “Le khao le the linh Hoang Sa” (Feast and Commemoration Festival for Hoang Sa Soldiers) ceremony.
In the morning of the same day, the Feast and Commemoration Festival for Hoang Sa Soldiers ceremony was held in An Vinh communal temple on Ly Son Island.
The annual ritual was also previously held in An Hai communal temple, Ly Son Island on April 19.
The traditional ceremony held annually for hundreds of years on the island is a tribute to the sailor-soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country and symbolize Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago.
About 3-4 centuries ago under the Nguyen Lords’ mandate, 70 of the island’s best seafarers were chosen to safeguard their homeland’s maritime rights and explore the East Sea every year. In mid-sixteenth century, the Hoang Sa Flotilla was established to conduct marine patrol and control, exploit marine products and collect ship-wrecked cargoes floating to Hoang Sa and Truong Sa areas.
Ly Son Island, a tranquil destination 30km off Quang Ngai Province's coast, is home to about 2,100 residents. Most make their living fishing, and farming garlic and spring onions. Ly Son Island has been emerged as an attractive tourist destination in recent years because of the wonderful natural beauty.

Ly Son island’s traditional boat race certified as national intangible cultural  ảnh 7 The Feast and Commemoration Festival for Hoang Sa Soldiers ceremony is held in An Vinh communal temple on Ly Son Island.
Ly Son island’s traditional boat race certified as national intangible cultural  ảnh 8
Ly Son island’s traditional boat race certified as national intangible cultural  ảnh 9 The ritual attracts a large number of local residents.
Ly Son island’s traditional boat race certified as national intangible cultural  ảnh 10 The event includes a traditional offering ritual, the garlands and model wooden boats carrying soldiers and sailors out to sea.
Ly Son island’s traditional boat race certified as national intangible cultural  ảnh 11
Ly Son island’s traditional boat race certified as national intangible cultural  ảnh 12
Ly Son island’s traditional boat race certified as national intangible cultural  ảnh 13
Ly Son island’s traditional boat race certified as national intangible cultural  ảnh 14
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By Nguyen Trang – Translated by Kim Khanh

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