On Friday, Hanoi celebrated the 60th anniversary of its liberation from French colonial rule with grand fireworks shows, stage performances and photo exhibitions.
The Vietnamese capitol was completely liberated on October 10, 1954, following a historic victory over France during the Battle of Dien Bien Phu.
President Truong Tan Sang awarded the Order of Ho Chi Minh on Friday to Hanoi authorities and citizens to express appreciation for the capitol's major contributions to the country.
Fireworks explode over Hoan Kiem Lake October 10, 2014. Photo: Reuters
A soldier stands guard near a symbol of Hanoi during the 60th anniversary of the Hanoi Liberation Day celebrations in Hanoi October 10, 2014. Photo: Reuters
A dance performance celebration. Photo: Reuters
Children perform during the celebrations. Photo: Reuters
Performers depict a scene of the reunion day of soldiers 60 years ago. Photo: Reuters
Performers depict a scene of soldiers and women during the war with the French. Photo: Reuters
Performers depict a scene of the reunion between soldiers and women 60 years ago. Photo: Reuters