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Thúy Lĩnh ball scrambling festival

Update: February, 21/2018 - 15:00
Local children under 11 participate in a match.
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Hundreds of local villagers and visitors took part in a traditional ball scrambling festival which commenced in Hoàng Mai District, Hà Nội, on Tuesday.

Held on the fifth and sixth day of every first lunar month in Thúy Lĩnh Village, the festival commemorates Royal Highness Linh Lang, the fourth son of Emperor Lý Thánh Tông (1054-1072), who organised the festival at the beginning of each year as a health training activity for his soldiers.

The 2018 edition of the festival is held in the Thúy Lĩnh communal house yard. It comprises competitions amongst children of the village, aged under 11 years, under 14 years, and local adults.

Seen below are some photographs of the matches. — VNS Photos Thái Hà

 

Local children under 11 participate in a match.
A referee (right) and Under-11 competitors before a match.
Seniors of the village get ready to beat a drum to commence the festival.
Young adult players vie for the ball.
Young adult players vie for the ball.
Young competitors fall on the rope barriers as they vie for the ball.
Villagers and visitors gather around the Thúy Lĩnh communal house yard to watch the matches.
Under-14 competitors during a match.

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