Hoan Kiem lake pedestrian space bustling with Dragon Dance Festival
Update: Oct 05, 2020
Dragon Dance Festival has become a traditional cultural event in Hanoi and attracts thousands of residents and tourists.
The 2020 Hanoi Dragon Dance Festival took place on October 3 at the Hoan Kiem lake walking space, part of activities to celebrate the 1,010th anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi and the 17th Congress of the municipal Party, Kinh Te & Do Thi reported.
The sixth edition of the Dragon Dance Festival drew the participation of dragon dancers from 13 districts in the city, including Ba Dinh, Hoang Mai, Tay Ho, Hoan Kiem, Long Bien, Cau Giay, Nam Tu Liem, Phuc Tho, Dong Anh, Thuong Tin, Thanh Tri, Dan Phuong and Thanh Oai.
The festival has become a traditional cultural event in Hanoi and attracts thousands of residents and tourists.
The annual event aims to honor and disseminate the cultural beauty of Thang Long - Hanoi while encouraging folk artisans to maintain and pass on local heritage values.
The 2020 Hanoi Dragon Dance Festival opened with drum and music performances.
 With dances of dragons and unicorns, the festival recreates the nation’s glorious traditional historical events, praise the landscape and people of Vietnam and the thousand-year-old capital city which has been recognized as the City for Peace.
 The festival is a cultural and artistic event with profound social significance, creating a joyful and exciting atmosphere in the cultural and spiritual life of Hanoians, and introducing local and international tourists to one of Hanoi’s unique art forms imbued with folk colors.
 Each team stages a unique art performance of five to seven minutes. Each dance could be performed by one or more dragons, together with the other sacred animals (the unicorn, the turtle, the phoenix) combined on the background music and narrations.
 Dragon dance performances showed different, attractive and skillful techniques which must be consistent with the national traditions.
 After the performance, Dragon dance teams march on Hoan Kiem lake pedestrian street to welcome Hanoi residents and tourists.