Dong Da Festival (Ha Noi)

Time: The 5th day of the first lunar month.
Place: Dong Da Mound, Dong Da District, Ha Noi.
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, Ha Noi people hold a festival to celebrate this historic victory.

 

Early 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 daybreak.

Until 12 o'clock, 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 "Thang Long Fire Dragon" has become a symbol of victory of the nation.

The 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.


 

When 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.

ALBUM
NEARBY DESTINATIONS
Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam

Ha Noi Capital

Ma May Ancient House

Ha Noi Capital

Viet Nam Women's Museum

Ha Noi Capital

Old Quarter

Ha Noi Capital

Duong Lam Ancient Village

Ha Noi Capital

WHERE TO STAY
Viet My Hotel

Add: 36 Nguyen Khuyen St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3823 2910

Tu Anh Hotel

Add: 8 Thong Phong lane,Quoc Tu Giam Ward, Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3845 9663

Ngoc Linh Hotel

Add: 35 Ngo Sy Lien St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3747 4411

Trang An Hotel

Add: 46 Hang Chao St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3823 2837

Huyen My Hotel

Add: 36 Le Duan St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3825 0845

Hoa Thinh Hotel

Add: 63 Ngo Sy Lien St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3733 3478/ 3733 4076

Huong Giang Hotel

Add: 44 Le Duan St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3826 0394

Hai Cuong Hotel

Add: 35 Nguyen Khuyen St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3747 4130

Ngoc Quy Hotel

Add: 50 Tran Quy Cap St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3733 5029

Huong Giang Hotel

Add: 147 Ton Duc Thang St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3851 4516

Hoang Hai Hotel

Add: 16 Yen The lane, Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3825 9485

Con Rong Hotel

Add: 40A Cat Linh St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3829 2954

Nu Hoang Hotel

Add: 25C Cat Linh St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3845 9555

Dream House Hotel

Add: 5/59 Chua Lang St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3259 5788

Hotel Pullman Hanoi

Add: 40 Cat Linh St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3733 0808

Ngoc Anh Hotel

Add: 221 Giang Vo St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3851 4368

Bao Son International Hotel

Add: 50 Nguyen Chi Thanh St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3835 3536

Hacinco Hotel

Add: 110 Thai Thinh St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3857 4040

Eastin Easy GTC Hanoi Hotel

Add: 27 Quoc Tu Giam St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3747 4106

Phuong Nam Hotel

Add: 1 Chua Boc St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3852 1982

WHERE TO EAT
Tulip Café Restaurant

Add: 109 Lang Ha St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 2241 2546

ABC Restaurant

Add: 73 - 75 Thai Ha St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3857 0418

Grilland-BBQ Restaurant

Add: 76 Nguyen Chi Thanh St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3775 6799

Lion Beer Restaurant

Add: 96 Thai Thinh St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3537 6806

Viet Chay Thang Long Restaurant

Add: 1- Alley 26 Nguyen Hong St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3773 8088

Kim Lien Restaurant

Add: 10 Pham Ngoc Thach St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3852 6216

Goldmalt Kim Lien Restaurant

Add: 181 Kim Lien St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 0912 280 214

Thanh Long 1 Restaurant

Add: 34b Nguyen Chi Thanh St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 6275 1661

Thanh Long 2 Restaurant

Add: 204 Xa Dan - new Kim Lien St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3572 0600

Son Dong II Restaurant

Add: 376 Xa Dan St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3573 6036

Thanh Thanh Restaurant

Add: 204 Xa Dan St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3572 6516

Hai Trieu Quan Restaurant

Add: B7 Alley 25 Lang Ha St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 6655 5888

Gia An Restaurant

Add: 111/8 Lang Ha St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3562 5957

Domino Restaurant

Add: 149 Lang Ha St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3562 6175

Espresso Café Restaurant

Add: 7/111 Lang Ha St., Dong Da Dist

Tel: (84-24) 2246 9232

Givral Restaurant

Add: 78 Lang Ha St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 6285 8585

Givral Restaurant

Add: 129 Le Duan St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 6285 8585

KFC Restaurant

Add: 173 Lang Ha St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3848 9999

Kinh Do Restaurant

Add: 17 Le Van Luong St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3556 6902

Thit nuong Han Quoc Restaurant

Add: 21 Le Van Luong St., Dong Da Dist.

Tel: (84-24) 3556 2337