Thousands take to Hanoi outskirts for Lai Yen Festival

 Thousands took to the Hanoi outskirts district of Hoai Duc on February 8 for the opening ceremonies of the five-day Lai Yen Festival.


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The opening festivities include an incense-offering, art performances, parade, and dragon dances. 






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Highlights of the festival are the two folk games –  Monkey Bridge and Duck Catching.






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A young man falls off the monkey bridge after losing his balance while attempting to cross it.







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Thirty ducks are ready to swim like crazy in the Duck Catching game.






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The ducks are set loose on the lake.







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Three male competitors dive into the lake and attempt to catch the ducks.






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Hundreds of spectators gather along the edge of the water to watch.






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Two of the three males fail to catch a duck.






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They still receive accolades from the onlookers.






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A young man finally gives up and quits.







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