Ceremony worships Deities of Earth and Crop in Hue
Update: Apr 13, 2015
Many residents of Hue city braved the rain to attend the Xa Tac ritual to worship the Deities of Xa (Earth) and Tac (Crop) on April 12.
Participants offer incense to pray for a peaceful country
and prosperous people

Staged on the Xa Tac esplanade in Thuan Hoa ward, the ceremony featured an array of traditional rituals following a strict order, including hand-washing, incense offerings, wine offerings, sermons, a procession of the deities, thanksgiving and seeing off the deities, among others.

The Xa Tac ritual is conducted every second lunar month to honour the country’s agriculture and pray for favourable weather, healthy crops, prosperity, peace and happiness. It was first resurrected in 2008 during the Hue Festival 2008.

The reenactment of the rite, conducted by the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre, aims to raise people’s understanding about its meaning and sequence while contributing to preserving and upholding intangible cultural values of Hue imperial city in the context of modern life.

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