Thanks to 3 successful celebrations before, this year Dragon Dance Festival is launched throughout 30 districts of Hanoi City. The event is expected to create a traditional cultural festival exciting, joyful for local people and international tourists on the occasion of 60th Anniversary of Hanoi Liberation Day. According to the Organizing Committee, Dragon Dance Festival in Hanoi 2014 is one of the most large-scale events in the series of activities to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Hanoi Liberation. This year festival will feature many beautiful dragons from troupes throughout Hanoi. Teams participating in the festival have rehearsed meticulously and carefully for a couple of months ago.
Dancing teams whose dragons wind in the air, the fabric of the dragon is not intertwined and the participants do not stumble will be given plus scores. The movements of the dragon riders need to be strong and determined that show the individual skills and also the team spirit. Besides dragon dances with traditional themes, the troupes spent much time and effort researching, collecting and creating many spectacular dragon performances with the themes related to historical and legendary stories. It is expected that the festival will feature impressive and beautiful performances which fascinates visitors. After Dragon Dance activities and award ceremony ended, teams will hold a parade around Hoan Kiem Lake in order to cheer the crowd and create an exciting and enthusiastic atmosphere to welcome the 60th Anniversary of Hanoi Liberation Day.
In Vietnamese culture and belief, dragon is considered as a sacred animal which has extraordinary powers and is the symbol of luck and good omens. In particular, for Hanoi, dragon brings a special meaning which is associated to the legend of Thang Long in 1000 years ago.
The legend says that King Ly Thai To, the first King of Ly Dynasty, after taking over the throne, found out that Hoa Lu Land, the capital of ancient Vietnam that time, was too narrow to be worth as the capital of an independent nation. The King thought of moving the capital. In the autumn of 10 years later, while boating in Dai La Citadel, the King saw a golden dragon flying up from Thang Long (Hanoi nowadays). Then he immediately decided to change the capital to Thang Long. The country under King Ly Thai To’s reign was peaceful and prosperous. Since then, it is believed that the dragon inspired the King to change the capital and it is also considered as a sacred symbol bringing good lucks, and prosperity.