Lieutenant General Le Quang Minh, Deputy Director of the General Department of Political Affairs of the Vietnam People's Army, attended the opening ceremony.

An art performance at the opening ceremony

The ATK Dinh Hoa - Long Tong Festival is annually organized on the 9th and 10th days of the lunar New Year, with hopes for favorable weather and a bountiful crop.

Apart from traditional rituals such as praying for a fruitful crop and the first plowing of the year, visitors can immerse themselves in folk games and competitions, including rice planting, camping contest, making banh giay (round sticky rice cake), stilt-walking, tug-of-war, traditional martial arts performances, and more.

Participants enjoy folk games at the festival

They can also enjoy the Tay ethnic music (a national intangible cultural heritage element), taste the local tea, and explore the space of traditional Tet. Visitors will gain a deeper understanding of the historical values of the ATK Dinh Hoa relic site as well as the outstanding cultural values of the Northern ethnic minority groups.

Translated by Trung Thanh