Dong Da Festival (Hanoi)
Time: The 5th day of the first lunar month.
Place: Dong Da Mound, Dong Da District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: King Quang Trung (Nguyen Hue).
Characteristics: "Thang Long Fire Dragon" dancing.
On the early morning of the 5th
day of Tet Ky Dau (in the first lunar month of 1789), King Quang Trung
defeated the Qin troops at Dong Da Hill, which became a glorious
historical site of Vietnamese nation. Ever since, on the 5th annual of the first lunar month, Hanoi people hold a festival to celebrate this historic victory. |
in the morning, residents in beautiful traditional dress gather at
Khuong Thuong Communal House, which is decorated with flags, to burn
incense. A grand sacrifices - offering ceremony is conducted after
Until 12 oï¿½clock, a god procession of celebration
commences from Khuong Thuong to Dong Da Hill. The procession includes
flags, parasols, palanquins with a variety of colours, and the sounds of
gongs and drums. Its most special part is the fire dragon which is
decorated with straw, cataphyll, and coarse paper. The ï¿½Thang Long
Fire Dragonï¿½ has become a symbol of victory of the nation.
whole procession walks and sometimes dances in the rhythm of castanets.
A group of young people, dressed in martial suit, then goes around and
performs a piece that recounts the whole period of the war.
the procession comes to Dong Da Hill, there is an incense - offering
ceremony after which someone reads the story of the Ky Dau victory that
praises the military genius of the national hero, Quang Trung. There are
also various games to play and competitions that challenge the skills
and intelligence of participants on the wide field in front of hill.