The ceremony at Hon Chen Temple was held very solemnly. The villagers held ceremonies at Hai Cat communal house. Before the day of sacrifice, there is a spiritual ceremony to invite all the gods in the house of worship. After the ceremony is the ceremony of Holy Mother on the Perfume River, the procession sails from Hue Nam Palace to Hai Cat village communal house. Coupled boats are decorated with bright candles lights, colorful latrine flags. The procession carries the Holy altar, the long procession of the Holy Mother of the King's palate and tools such as canopy, flag, fan... in the music of the Phuong hat van and the Phuong bat am (group of musicians). When Nghinh Than finished, the villagers performed the ceremony of Tuc Yet according to traditional rituals. Singing, going into trance, calling upon spirits all night. The next morning is the Chanh Te ceremony at the communal house. Then there's the Tong Than ceremony. In the afternoon, the palanquins solemnly returned to Hon Chen Temple. The night ended with the release of the lights.
The most beautiful is still the Holy Mother procession celebrated on dragon boat called "bằng". On each boat, there is a Holy Mother altar with a dragon palanquin. On the palanquin is the ark of the king who gave the Holy Mother, followed by another boat with the altar, palanquin and ark of the two persons of Thuong Ngan Holy Mother and Thuy Cung Holy Mother. Then there are the boats carrying the tools, parasols, fans, and flags.
The dragon palanquin of the Holy Mother is an embroidered palanquin, carried by the colorfully dressed virgins, and the ladies, who carry the vases, betel tubes, teapots, jewelry boxes, flag-bearers, parasols, pillows, fans... The young men carried the altars, Bat Buu, and other weapons. The procession is full of vibrant colors, a solemn atmosphere. When they reach the harbor, the procession moves from the river to the ground, and goes to the communal house of Hai Cat village, with Phuong Bat Am behind the palanquin.
Hon Chen Temple Festival is like a folklore festival on the Perfume River (Photo: Nguyen Phuc Bao Minh)