Dong Da hill Festival

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Dong Da Festival is a festival that takes place every year on the 5th of Lunar New Year in Dong Da hill, Quang Trung Ward, Dong Da District, Hanoi. This is the victory festival, held in memory of the glorious achievements of King Quang Trung – the hero in history against invaders of the nation.

During the festival there are many games in health, demonstrated martial spirit. In it, the procession of Thang Long dragon is unique.
At the gates of the village Khuong Thuong was opened from early morning, it was found spreading incense smoke. Before family hung a big flag to celebrate the festival.

More than 200 years ago (1789), this is a bloody battlefield. Night 4th, 5th dawn Year of the Rooster (ie on 29, February 30, 1789) in Khuong Thuong enemy fort was destroyed makes interesting names Thai Chau Dien and Nghi Dong Sam strangulation suicide here. Go Da became a glorious historical monuments of our people since then, and there is an evidence of the humiliating defeat of the enemy invading the North.

On the morning of the festival, the dignitaries and village elders gathered enough winter preparing for the ceremony. Approaching 12 pm, from village to mound Khuong Thuong Dong Da, people do mental victory procession. Long procession, colorful look very nice, marching slowly and order for people to be able to admire the majestic statue meticulous of the festival.

But attractive and youthful than the last group with “Fire Dragon”. Two village youths Khuong Thuong Dong Quang and racing braided straw into shape the big dragon and decorated with spathe and cardboard. A top youth wearing the same dress procession went around performing dragon fire and right to reconstruct cone shape of the battle scenes in the past, praised the spirit of the Tay Son insurgent army. This is an original amusement of Dong Da hillock festival.

After the liberation from the capital (10/10/1954), Dong Da hillock festival is considered the traditional Dong Da Festival, a national festival. Therefore, every year, the leaders representing the Party and State have attended and chaired all the rituals of the festival. The national flag and the flag of the festival fly flutteredly as welcome visitors all directions. Located opposite the mound is also blocked Dong Quang pagoda incense smoke spiraling up, the busiest guys in place. Tai temple, the monks made soup offerings to the ghost of the enemy as a human act of moral traditionalists of our people. And before a statue of King Quang Trung, people also offer flowers and a large memorial.

After the solemn ritual is to the games and folk art performances such as lion dancing, dragon dancing, wrestling, human chess, cock fighting. Home of the King Quang Trung – Nguyen Hue is in Binh Khe, Binh Dinh Province. Here, people also build a church three Tay Son brothers Nguyen Nhac, Nguyen Hue and Nguyen Lu.

Every year, It is also from the 5th Tet occasion, people from everywhere flock here again offering incense and flowers to express gratitude to the heroes that artist and review the glorious history was very proud of the nation . They also organized competitions wives and children rights, beating drums … very special. In particular, participating in fighting not only men but also the women, so as to attract many visitors.

Today the festival go towards Dong Da Hanoi has become an indispensable demand in the first days of spring.

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