Le Mat Snake Festival in Hanoi

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Le Mat Snake Festival
Le Mat Snake Festival

Fast Facts about Le Mat Snake Festival in Hanoi

Date of Le Mat Snake Festival in Hanoi: The 23rd day of the 3rd lunar monthLocation of Le Mat Snake Festival in Hanoi: Le Mat village on highway No.5, Gia Lam District
Commemoration of Le Mat Snake Festival in Hanoi: Victory against monster snake in the times of King Ly Thai Tong reign (1072-1127)
Activities during Le Mat Snake Festival in Hanoi: Water procession, snake dance, flight against snake monster.

About Le Mat Snake Festival in Hanoi

Mat ancient village in Hanoi is a purely agricultural one. But it’s a long-standing trade has been snake catching and breeding, snake wine and tonics and snake dishes. Le Mat Snake Festival in Hanoi is a famous festival celebrated here.

Le Mat Snake Festival
Le Mat Snake Festival

Snake catching and breeding in Le Mat has been practiced for almost 900 years. The history of the village tells us that till the end of Nguyen court, this region still had plenty of snakes. Le Mat Snake Festival in Hanoi is celebrated in a gala way at Le Mat hamlet in Viet Hung village.

There is a legend attached to Le Mat Snake Festival in Hanoi. It is said that one day the princess of King Ly Thai Tong (1028-1054) took a boat trip on the Nguyet Duc River (present-day Duong River). All of a sudden, a huge snake appeared, causing big waves and turned the boat over. The princess was in great danger. A man of the Hoang family, who worked nearby the river, ran into the water to fight the snake and save the princess. To reward him, the King granted the man gold, jewelry and a high-ranking job. But the man refused it all, instead he asked for the King’s permission to reclaim the land near the capital and establish residential quarters for the poor people. The King accepted his proposal.

The Le Mat Snake Festival in Hanoi is held to show their gratitude to their Patron Saint, who was said to be the man who reclaimed the land and established the present-day villages, including Le Mat hamlet. Visitors also have an opportunity to hear legends and funny stories of snakes during Le Mat Snake Festival in Hanoi.

Features of Le Mat Snake Festival in Hanoi

Le Mat Snake Festival
Le Mat Snake Festival

The features of Le Mat Snake Festival in Hanoi include:

In the early morning, representatives of the 13 camps at the west of the Ancient Capital of Thang Long carry 13 trays of food over their heads from capital to the Le Mat Village.

The festival starts with a water procession. The villagers fetch water from the village pond, pour it into a big porcelain jar and put the jar on a palanquin and bring it to the Temple.

The villagers also catch a big fish from the pond, put it on a tray and cover it with a red cloth. Then it is brought to the Temple as an offering to the Patron Saint.

After all the ceremonial prayers are over, the villagers gather at the temple yard to see the performance of the young man killing the snake and saving the princess as the legend in the music of this act is an octet and the sound of the drummer’s double rhythm

While attending the Le Mat Snake Festival in Hanoi, guests can be offered a cup of snake wine with 3 or 5 snakes inside.