Festival for heroic Trung sisters opens
A festival to celebrate the 1,971 st anniversary of the Trung
sisters’ uprising (40AD) was solemnly organised in Hanoi’s outskirts
district of Me Linh on the sixth day of the lunar year which fell on
Feb. 8 on the modern calendar.
The opening ceremony
saw the presence of Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan and
representatives from ministries and agencies.
According to the Vietnamese historical account, Trung Trac and her
younger sister Trung Nhi, rode elephants to lead the troops in battle
and defeated Chinese troops coming from the north, gaining independence
for the country after more than two centuries of domination by the
foreign feudal invaders.
The revolt was briefly
successful and Trung Trac established herself as ruler of an independent
state, becoming the first royal leader and also the first female leader
in the country’s history. She chose Me Linh as a new capital.
During the three-day traditional event, an array of folk games and artistic performances will take place./.