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Ba Chua Xu Temple Festival

Ba Chua Xu Temple Festival

Ba Chua Xu Temple (the local tutelary goddess) lies at the foot of Sam Mountain, Chau Doc Town, An Giang Province. It is said that the goddess is so sacred that anyone who offers incense to her can realise all his/her wishes. Therefore, during the festival of Ba Chua Xu (also called the Via Ba ceremony), numerous pilgrims from everywhere flock to the temple. The festival is held annually from the 23rd to the 27th of the fourth lunar month with the ceremonies as follows:

Location: Sam Mount
Instruction: Sam Mount is located in Vinh Te commune, Chau Doc District of An Giang province, which is about 240km from HCMC and 6km from Victoria Chau Doc Hotel in the southwest. Such tourism destination is noted for various national cultural groups of relics such as: Tay An ancient pagoda, Thoai Ngoc Hau tomb and Ba Chua Xu temple at the foot of Sam Mount. Travel south Vietnam

Origin
Dated back to early 1800s, Chau Doc was a desert, sparsely populated region and often harassed by Xiem La enemy. One day, on pursuing local people to Sam Mount’s peak, enemy found a precious statue and decided to steal it. On the way carrying down the mountain, the statue was dropped causing one arm broken. The enemy failed to lift it up so left it in the forest. Many villagers followed their dream and tried hard to bring the statue down the mountain building temple to honor, hoping that she would bring them better crops and better lives. But none succeeded to lift the lady up. Not until Thoai Ngoc Hau came to govern the village, the statue was managed to carry to Sam Mount foot by nine fresh virgins. Here the lady temple was built and that date was chosen to celebrate Ba Chua Xu. Mekong river tours
Celebration
Ba Chua Xu festivalOn opening day of the festival, five virgins are selected to go inside temple washing Ba Chua Xu statue by perfumed water and change the statue with fresh robes and hat. Upon revealing Ba Chua Xu’s garments, prayers come near the foot of the statue to chant and ask for lucky charms such as some flower branches or fruits on the altar. These lucky charms are believed to keep the possessor in good health and drive away any evil spirits.
Further information
During the national festival days, many popular traditional cultural activities take place such as jogging, mountain climbing, rowing, folk games and unicorn dancing. After the festival, pilgrims and visitors who wish to shop for Chau Doc specialties can go to the market at Tinh Bien Border to buy Thai and Cambodian goods, or to climb Cam Mountain to visit the Di Lac statue.

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