Cua Ong Festival is annually present at Cua Ong Temple, Cua Ong Ward of Cam Pha Town from the second day of the first lunar month until the end of the third lunar month.
Cua Ong Temple is dedicated to Tran Quoc Tang, the third son of Tran Hung Dao, who defeated many enemies and brought peace to the region. Moreover, Hoang Cau, a local general who fought bravely against invaders, is also honoured here. The festival is taken placed to the merit of Tran Quoc Tang and other Generals of Tran Dynasty.
Cua Ong Temple is one of the famous Tran Dynasty vestiges of the northeast region. The temple has three areas of low, middle and high, facing the majestic Bai Tu Long Bay. During the war, the middle and lower temples were both destroyed; however, today the low temple has been restored.
Formerly, villagers organized the main festivity on the second day of the third lunar month. There were grand cult ceremonies, and a palanquin procession carrying Tran Quac Tang’s funeral tablets from the temple to a shrine in Trac Chan Commune. In the legend story, this was the place where Tran Quoc Tang’s ashes drifted after being dispersed on the river. The procession would then proceed back to the temple, symbolizing the inspection tour of Tran Quoc Tang who is called Duc Ong.