Hanoi with millennial celebration activities

Published:  17:00 Tuesday - September 28, 2010

Hanoi with millennial celebration activities

Hanoi will organise firework displays in 29 locations to mark the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi on October 10

The 15-minute fireworks will be set off following the end of an artistic fireworks programme at My Dinh National Stadium in Tu Liem district on October 10.

Four locations for high-range display will include Hoan Kiem Lake (Hoan Kiem district), Ly Tu Trong Garden (Tay Ho district), Thong Nhat Park (Hai Ba Trung district), and Van Quan Lake (Ha Dong district).

The other 24 locations will be for low-range displays.

Some 31,000 people will participate in the march and parade at Ba Dinh Square to mark the event on October 10.

Over 12,000 army soldiers and officers, police and local security force with 10 helicopters will join the march.

The demonstration will be the largest in Vietnam to display forces and achievements of Hanoi and the country over the past 1,000 years, especially those in the national renewal process, the honour of civilised and heroic capital and the city of peace.

According to Le Tien Tho, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the event will begin with a torch procession from the Ho Chi Minh Museum to his mausoleum and light. After the torch tower was light up, a ceremony to salute the national flag with a salvo of guns will take place and be followed by an art performance on Hanoi.

The event which will be broadcast live by Vietnam Television will conclude by pigeon and balloon release by 1,000 children.

The procession of Vietnam’s largest embroidered picture to Hanoi completed ended on September 28. Embroidery artisans held a ceremony to offer the picture as gift for Hanoi’s birthday. On behalf of the Hanoi citizens, Pham Quang Nghi, Municipal Party Committee Secretary, received the gift.

The 4m-long and 3m-wide picture was made for 1000 days by nine artisans of XQ Da Lat embroidery painting company.

The embroidered picture features a brilliant lotus and the letter “S” for Vietnam in the lotus lake, with a temple, clouds, moon, cranes, and old villages.

Also on September 28, the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) opened a photo exhibition on the 1,000 year-old capital city.

On display are 100 photos by VNA reporters and its freelance photographers. They depict Hanoi now and then, President Ho Chi Minh and Party and government leaders with Hanoi as well as historical events of the capital city. The exhibition will run until Oct. 2.

For the same purpose, a ceramic statue of the old tortoise of Hoan Kiem Lake made by artisan Tran Do from Hanoi’s Bat Trang Pottery Village was handed to the Hanoi Culture-Sports-Tourism Department on September 28.

The 4-tonne tortoise was made as a replica of the tortoise which is being displayed at

the Ngoc Son temple.

The same day, the delegation of the Hanoi People’s Committee, People’s Council and Fatherland Front paid floral tributes to Kings Dinh and Le at their temples and King Ly Thai To stele in the northern province of Ninh Binh on the occasion of the capital’s birthday.

Hoa Lu is the first ancient capital of the feudal Vietnamese State and the firm military stronghold of the Dinh, pre-Le and Ly dynasties for 42 years. One year after ascending the throne, King Ly Thai To decided to move the capital city from Hoa Ly to Thang Long (now Hanoi) in 1010.

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