Hanoi sets off fireworks to celebrate Liberation Day

The capital Hanoi will let off fireworks at 9pm on October 10 to celebrate the 60 th anniversary of its Liberation Day.

Fireworks at Hoan Kiem Lake (Photo: VNA)

The fireworks display is planned for 30 venues across the city, including five high-range shows at Hoan Kiem Lake, Thong Nhat Park, West Lake, Van Quan Lake and My Dinh National Stadium.

Local businesses have donated VND 4.5 billion  for the performance.

In the meantime, celebratory activities are taking place across the capital, including the Hanoi Traditional Craft Village Tourism Festival, which started on October 9 and will run through to October 12.

The festival is part of the authorities’ effort to preserve and develop traditional craft villages in Hanoi as well as promote their image for tourism purposes.

A number of documentaries and films about Hanoi are being screened, while some 60 art performances are to take place on the Liberation Day (October 10).

The sound leadership of the Party and President Ho Chi Minh, the command of General Vo Nguyen Giap and the sacrifice of the people during the nine-year resistance war led to the celebrated Dien Bien Phu Victory. On October 10, 1954, Hanoians welcomed the victorious troops who returned to liberate the capital city.

“From a city with a small economy and population, Hanoi has risen strongly from the debris of war, affirming its role as a major national hub,” Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi told the Vietnam News Agency on the occasion.

Harbouring vast potentials, spiritual and material strengths, glorious traditions and noble dignities, Hanoi has made outstanding achievements, praised by international friends as “the Capital City of Human Dignity” and honoured by UNESCO as “the City for Peace”.

The city’s gross regional domestic product (GRDP) accounts for 10 percent of the national GDP, with an economic growth rate of more than 9.5 percent, 1.5 times higher than the country’s average. The municipal budget revenues totalled VND 163 trillion (USD 7.7 billion ) in 2013, 2.8 times higher than before the expansion in 2008, and accounting for 20 percent of the country’s total budget revenue. The city’s per capita income reached VND 52.3 million (USD 2,490) last year.


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