Nui Ba Festival in Tay Ninh, Vietnam
The legend has it that once upon a time lived a woman belonging to Mien ethnic minority group, named as Denh, who was forced by her parents to marry a guard office’s son. Come to Tay Ninh at spring is the best time to visit vietnam
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Since she had no feelings for her fiancé, she persistently refused the arranged marriage, manifesting her determination by attending a monastery in the mountain and remaining there to the day she died in order to secure her dignity and virginity. After the devout women passed away, Nguyen Dynasty ordered that her mould be cast in black bronze and gave Denh the title “Linh Son Thanh Mau” (Goddess Linh Son). Moreover, a pagoda was also built and named after Denh and the mountain where she spent the rest of her religious life was called Nui Ba.
The festival is annually held and lasts in a whole month, however, the pinnacle is on the full moon night when the dwellers from Ho Chi Minh City and other southern provinces come gathering at the mountain sightseeing, worshipping and playing folk games. Pilgrims depart at the bottom of the mountain and climb halfway upon the mountain to visit the communal house of Goddess Linh Son. After that, they keep climbing to reach the pagoda, where offers visitors free vegetarian meals. Visitors can donate at their own will and within their ability.
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