Colourful dragon festival livens up pedestrian streets around Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi

Monday, 2020-10-05 11:24:19
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The festival offered an opportunity to introduce the public to the art of dragon dancing – a distinct traditional cultural practice of Hanoi.
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NDO – The 2020 Hanoi Dragon Festival was held at King Ly Thai To Monument last Saturday by the city Department of Culture and Sports.

The event attracted the participation of 13 troupes from different districts throughout the capital.

Each troupe brought to the stage a performance lasting between five and seven minutes, featuring dragons and other sacred animals such as unicorns, turtles and phoenixes, in the “Tu Linh” dance.

The performances were accompanied with drums, bringing much excitement to pedestrian streets around Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem lake.

In tradition belief, the dragon is a sacred animal symbolising majesty and strength.

In 1010, King Ly Thai To relocated the capital from Hoa Lu (Ninh Binh Province) to Thang Long (now Hanoi), which means ‘Ascending Dragon’.

Performances at the event recounted the glorious history of Hanoi.

The festival provided a venue for performers to show off their talents and exchange experiences.

The festival has become a traditional cultural event held in Hanoi.

It attracts great interest from residents and tourists alike.

Dancers embraced the rain to deliver their performances to the audiences

A skilful and colourful performance at the event

This year’s event was among the range of activities aimed at celebrating the 1,010th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

Photo credit: Thuy Nguyen - Dang Anh