A 12-day Spring Festival is currently underway at the Hanoi Citadel.
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The festival, which opened on 29 Jan, features a variety of performances and exhibitions presenting dances, rituals, martial arts and crafts from around the country.
Two highlights are an exhibition with more than 200 antiques representing different periods from the pre-history to the Dong Son culture, and the eighth-century Thanh Mai bell, 28 cm in diameter and weighing 36 kg.
The event is considered a rehearsal for the Thang Long-Hanoi’s 1000th birthday celebrations next year.