PM attends festival marking Ngoc Hoi-Dong Da victory
Updated : Wednesday, February 21, 2018 9:47 AM (GMT+0700)

PrimeMinister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the Dong Da festival in Hanoi on February 20(the fifth day of the Lunar New Year) and offered incense in tribute to EmperorQuang Trung, marking the 229th anniversary of Ngoc Hoi–Dong Davictory over Chinese Qing invaders.

Participants at the ceremony marking the 229th anniversary of Ngoc Hoi–Dong Da victory
- Photo: VNA

The festival also saw theattendance of Head of the Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission TranQuoc Vuong, Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai, ViceChairman of the National Assembly Uong Chu Luu, a long with a large number ofvisitors from the capital city and other localities.

Addressing the event,Chairman of the People’s Committee of Dong Da district Vo Nguyen Phong highlightedthe great significance of the Ngoc Hoi-Dong Da victory under the leadership ofEmperor Quang Trung (also known as national hero Nguyen Hue) 229 years ago,during which over 20,000 Qing troops were defeated, liberating the imperialcity of Thang Long and regaining national independence and freedom.

Since then, the fifth day ofthe first lunar month has become the traditional day marking the historicvictory.

The Ngoc Hoi–Dong Da victoryhas also gone down in Vietnamese history as an immortal and epic struggle fornational construction and defence.

Dong Da Mound reportedlywitnessed fierce battles between Emperor Quang Trung’s soldiers and the Chineseinvaders 229 years ago.

The festival is designed touphold the country’s cultural values, while educating young generations aboutthe tradition of patriotism and national pride.

This year’s festival alsoincluded a “Tuong” (classical drama) play re-enacting the victory, and dragondancing, art performances, and folk games.


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