A march to revive the spirit of the Tay Son peasants’ uprising kicked off the Tay Son-Binh Dinh festival last night, in Quy nhon city of the central province of Binh Dinh.
The march was led by insurgent women with bows and swords followed by a retinue armed with steel weapons. In the middle, the legendary Emperor Quang Trung rode an elephant, leading a herd of battle-elephants accompanied by royal mandarins and commanders with flags and banners.
Emperor Quang Trung’s was well-known for his unusual troop formations before battle. His soldiers marched in threes, two carrying the third in a hammock, all taking turns. The march ended with this unique image and was followed by a large flag with the words ‘Great Cause’, surrounded by 30 smaller flags, appearing on centre-stage.
The opening ceremony included a three-part performance: Binh Dinh-A Beloved Land; Tay Son Spirit and Renewal-Integration and Development.
Binh Dinh-A Beloved Land introduced the special beauty of this coastal province and its people. Binh Dinh is renowned as the land of martial arts and the birthplace of tuong (classical opera).
Tay Son Spirit remembered the Tay Son movement through four key performances: the first moment of the Tay Son insurgency; Quang Trung’s defeat of 50,000 Siamese troops; the coronation of Emperor Quang Trung and his declaration to combat Chinese Qing invaders; and finally, liberation.
The final performance expressed a desire to build a sustainable development society full of cultural tradition and the traditional Tay Son spirit of solidarity.
Participating in the event yesterday were Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan, former National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An, vice chairman of the National Assembly Huynh Ngoc Son, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh, and other officials.
Centre stage was home to five sets of large drums and 100 small battle drums which transported the audience back to the successful Tay Son battles against Chinese Qing occupiers over two centuries ago.
Behind the drums, two lines of 24 horns were set up on opposite sides of the stage. Ethnic artists played a symphony on gongs, backed up by the horns and drums followed by hundreds of performers reprising the role of heroic peasants with a splendid dance that evoked the historic revolution.
In the morning, an incense-offering ceremony took place at the Quang Trung Museum, Phu Phong Township, Tay Son District.
After the sacred offerings, folk games and traditional music performances were held to entertain locals and tourists.
The three-day festival will close tomorrow night with the beauty pageant: Miss Martial Arts.
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