Hoan Kiem Lake was the glittering focus of events last night as the public celebrated the 50th anniversary of Ha Noi’s liberation from the French (October 10).
Dem Hoi Ha Noi Mua Thu (Ha Noi Autumn Night Festival) started at 8pm at Chi Linh Garden, near the recently unveiled monument to King Ly Thai To.
Special guests included army veterans from the 308th Division’s Capital Regiment, who defended Ha Noi’s Old Quarter against the French in February 1947, and nine years later were the first soldiers to reclaim the liberated capital.
A musical spectacular featuring some of the capital’s favourite tunes, such as Ha Noi Niem Tin va Hy Vong (Ha Noi - Belief and Hope), Ha Noi Mua Thu (Autumn Ha Noi), Dem Ho Guom (Ho Guom By Night) and Tien Ve Ha Noi (March Towards Ha Noi) opened the concert.
Several other stages dotted around the lake contributed to the carnival-like atmosphere with light and music shows.
In front of the Ba Kieu Temple, the stage catered for kids with a performance by the Ba Dinh District’s Children Culture House.
Near the Thang Long Puppet Theatre, the stage hosted a puppet show, and the Dong King Nghia Thuc Square stage featured a circus and music show featuring winners from this year’s Ha Noi Song Contest.
For traditionalists, the Ha Noi Cheo (Traditional Opera) Theatre performed near Hang Trong Street.
Young music bands of Ha Noi rocked out near the junction of Hang Bai, Hang Khay, Trang Tien and Dinh Tien Hoang streets.
Dragon dancing troupes took to the streets around the lake to liven up the crowds.
At 10pm, spectacular fireworks over Ha Noi’s skies capped off liberation celebrations at four sites: Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake, Ngoc Khanh Lake and Thong Nhat Park.
VNS - (12/10/2004)