A solemn ceremony was held in the Hoang Hoa Tham relic site in the northern province of Bac Giang on March 16 to mark the 130 th anniversary of the Yen The uprising.

National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong was among the guests at the event, which took place in Cau Go town, Yen The district.

The uprising against the French troop, which began in March 16, 1884, was led by Luong Van Nam and then Hoang Hoa Tham, gathering patriotic people, mostly peasants.

Despite failing to win the final victory, the three-decade uprising mirrored the strength and desires for independence and freedom of Vietnamese people.

With special guerilla tactics as well as lessons in developing forces and building revolutionary bases, the uprising has helped enrich the country’s military history.

Addressing the event, NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong described the uprising as the largest waged by peasants, saying it manifested the Vietnamese people’s solidarity and patriotism.

Apart from an art performance featuring the historical time, there were a traditional dress show, martial arts performances and folk games.

The uprising left its traces in Yen The, Tan Yen, Viet Yen and Yen Dung districts, which became special national relics in 2012. The Yen The festival has also been recognised as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage.-VNA