Thousands took to the Hanoi outskirts district of Hoai Duc on February 8 for the opening ceremonies of the five-day Lai Yen Festival.
The opening festivities include an incense-offering, art performances, parade, and dragon dances.
Highlights of the festival are the two folk games – Monkey Bridge and Duck Catching.
A young man falls off the monkey bridge after losing his balance while attempting to cross it.
Thirty ducks are ready to swim like crazy in the Duck Catching game.
The ducks are set loose on the lake.
Three male competitors dive into the lake and attempt to catch the ducks.
Hundreds of spectators gather along the edge of the water to watch.
Two of the three males fail to catch a duck.
They still receive accolades from the onlookers.