Sat, 11 Oct 2014. Last updated Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:52
According to the legend, Thay Thim is a compassionate and magic hermit in Quang Nam Province. Underwent many incidents, Thay Thim spent much of his time in seclusion in a quiet and charming jungle. In spite of living in a life of a recluse, Thay Thim always took care about life of Tam Tan villagers and continued using his talent and virtue to help villagers overcome all tribulations. When Thay Thim passed away, to commemorate his merits, people in the village annually organize Dinh Thay Thim Cultural Tourism Festival.
In 2014, Dinh Thay Thim festival officially took place from October 6th to October 9th (from September 13th to 16th in lunar calendar) with many innovative features and serious investments. The Festival is not merely a traditionally cultural festival but also contains the historical and cultural significance inculcated with the virtues of ancestors over 150 years ago.
Dinh Thay Thim Festival is considered as one of 5 most important festivals in Binh Thuan to develop and promote tourism. With a theme "Autumn Moon in the marine land", this year festival was specially organized with novel content to make this folk festival imbued with the national identity and to promote the image and tourism potential of Binh Thuan. The festival imbued with the traditional culture was created through rituals such as rite of "nghinh thần" - Welcoming God, "thị thực phát lộc" - a kind of ritual in which after the rite is finished everybody can take “offerings” home for good luck, giving charity meals, and so forth. Through the ritual, pilgrims can understand more about positive values of Vietnam humanistic tradition and spiritual values. Besides, from October 6th - 8th, tourists can take part in diverse cultural activities and fascinating folk games such as tug of war, playing human chess, performances of traditional music and dances, contest of Making Cake, carrying baskets to the sea, net knitting, walking with a carrying pole full of fish, and so on. This historical relic is attractive because of not only it natural sceneries but also long sand dunes and blue and beautiful beaches.
According to the Organizing Committee, many residents and travelers flocked to Thay Thim Palace nearly a week ago to go on the pilgrimage and worship. Dinh Thay Thim Festival is an invaluable asset of people in Tam Tan Village in particular and Binh Thuan in general. Each year, the festival along with Nganh Tam Tan attracts approximately 300,000 travelers visiting.