September 17, 2017

3152 VIETNAM (Red River Delta) - Millennial Anniversary of Hanoi

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam and the country's second largest city by population (7.7 million people in 2015). In 1010, Lý Thái Tổ, the first ruler of the Lý Dynasty, moved the capital of Đại Việt (literally Great Viet) to the site of the Đại La Citadel. Claiming to have seen a dragon ascending the Red River, he renamed the site Thăng Long (Soaring Dragon) - a name still used poetically to this day. This is considered the birth date of Hanoi. From 1010 until 1802, it was the most important political centre of Vietnam.

It was eclipsed by Huế, the imperial capital of Vietnam during the Nguyễn Dynasty (1802-1945), but Hanoi served as the capital of French Indochina from 1902 to 1954. From 1954 to 1976, it was the capital of North Vietnam, and it became the capital of a reunified Vietnam in 1976, after the North's victory in the Vietnam War. From 1 to 10 October 2010 was celebrated the Millennial Anniversary of Hanoi. There were many events that were held in 2009 and 2010 to commemorate the anniversary including cultural and traditional festivals.

More than 30,000 people marched in Vietnam's biggest-ever parade, with goose-stepping soldiers, colorful dragon dancers and 10 military helicopters displaying huge Vietnamese and Communist Party flags. The procession, a third of which was military, started in the capital's historic Ba Đình Square where the late President Ho Chi Minh declared independence from the French colonialists 65 years ago. Ho's massive granite mausoleum provided the backdrop for the festivities.

About the stamps
The first stamp is part of the series Vietnamese Markets, designed by T.M.Trang and issued on March 1, 2017. The second stamp is part of the series Bamboo Lamps, designed by Tô Minh Trang and issued on May 15, 2009.

Hanoi - Wikipedia

Millennial Anniversary of Hanoi - Wikipedia
Hanoi holds huge parade to celebrate city's 1,000th birthday - cleveland. com

Sender: Pumipat
Sent from Hanoi (Red River Delta / Vietnam), on 16.06.2017
Photo: Vinh Cuu

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