PM attends festival celebrating Ngoc Hoi – Dong Da victory

09:55 | 21/02/2018 Events

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended a festival marking the 229th anniversary of Ngoc Hoi–Dong Da victory against Chinese Qing invaders on February 20 (the fifth day of the Lunar New Year).

A palanquin procession commemorating Emperor Quang Trung

The festival also saw the attendance of permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat and Head of the Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission Tran Quoc Vuong; Politburo member and Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai; member of the Party Central Committee and Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Uong Chu Luu, along with a large number of visitors.

The delegates offered incense and flowers to commemorate Emperor Quang Trung, who led the battle.

PM and other delegates offers incense to Emperor Quang Trung

Addressing the event, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Dong Da district Vo Nguyen Phong highlighted the great significance of the Ngoc Hoi-Dong Da victory under the leadership of Emperor Quang Trung (also known as national hero Nguyen Hue) 229 years ago.

The Ngoc Hoi–Dong Da victory has also gone down in Vietnamese history as as an epic of the Vietnamese’ undaunted spirit to fight against foreign invaders while symbolising the patriotism of the people.

Dong Da Mound reportedly witnessed many fierce battles between Emperor Quang Trung’s soldiers and Chinese invaders 229 years ago.

The festival is designed to uphold the country’s cultural values, while educating young generations about the traditions of patriotism and national pride.

This year’s festival also featured a “Tuong” (classical drama) play re-enacting the victory as well as a dragon dancing, art performances, and folk games.

Theo NDO