Thang Long-Hanoi’s millennium celebration opens
A solemn ceremony was held at the Ly Thai To Flower Garden in the
morning of October 1 to kick off 10 days of celebrations for the
Millennium of Thang Long-Hanoi.
ceremony, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong, together with
Party, State and Hanoi municipal leaders offered incense before the
Statue of King Ly Thai To, who had a strategic and sound decision to
remove the country’s capital city from Hoa Lu in the northern province
of Ninh Binh to Dai La (now Hanoi), opening up a long-term development
direction for following generations.
the event, Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi
stressed that the historical transfer of the capital from Hoa Lu
surrounded by one mountain after another to the centre of the Red River
Delta formed an extraordinary step forward for the nation, reaffirming
the will to build the national independence and unification and ushering
in a new era for the Dai Viet. Thang Long-Hanoi’s thousand-year history
has been constantly cultivated by heroic exploits.
“Generations of Vietnamese living in the Ho Chi Minh era, owners of
our majestic land and an independent and free country, will surely
advance without any misgivings to the future, a future of more beautiful
Vietnam so much desired by President Ho Chi Minh,” he said.
At the ceremony, General Director of the UN Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Irina Bokova presented a certificate
recognising the Thang Long Royal Citadel as a World Cultural Heritage to
the Hanoi leaders.
While showing her
admiration at Vietnam , one of the few countries in the world that
still preserves lively memories of the capital transfer 1,000 years ago,
Irina Bokova also recommended that Vietnam should take
responsibility for the humankind through promoting the heritage to
The jubilant atmosphere of the
grand celebrations has been seen in each street, each lane and each
face of the capital. All roads leading to the Ly Thai To Flower Garden,
where the opening ceremony took place, are decorated by flags, banners
and flowers. Hanoi is putting on itself a new colourful dress to
celebrate its 1,000 th birthday.
Jeanne Huynh, an
overseas Vietnamese in France , couldn’t hide her feeling when
returning to the homeland to attend the great event of the capital and
the country. She said she was proud of being a Vietnamese.
Vietnam’s successful hosting of many international events and the
recognition of the Thang Long Royal Citadel as a World Culture Heritage
have proven the country’s increasingly improved position, she said.
Jeanne Huynh also expressed her belief that in the next 10-15 years,
Vietnam can stand on a par with developed countries in the world.
For the UK Ambassador to Vietnam , Mark Kent,
the 1,000 th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi is an event of special
significance for him as he is going to end his three-year term of office
in Hanoi .
Mark Kent said he was honoured to
live and work in the 1,000-year-old city of Hanoi . He added that he
will join a number of activities during the anniversary, including a
race for peace around Hoan Kiem Lake on October 3.
The millennium celebrations of Thang Long-Hanoi will be held within
ten days with numerous artistic and cultural activities throughout the
Highlights of the celebrations will
be a meeting and a parade at the Ba Dinh Square as well as a
cultural and art gala night at the My Dinh National Stadium on October