Two young Vietnamese women mounted on elephants headed a Saigon procession Mar 3 to mark a victory over chinese invaders nearly 2000 years ago.
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Background: Two young Vietnamese women mounted on elephants headed a Saigon procession Mar 3 to mark a victory over chinese invaders nearly 2000 years ago. The two women symbolised two heroines of the day - two sisters - who organised a revolt against the invaders, then on elephants led the people into battle to free the country.
After the victory, the two sisters became Queens of the country. But victory was shortlived - a year later, the Chinese again invaded Vietnam in greater force and the sister Queens were forced to flee before the invaders. When capture seemed imminent, the two heroic sisters drowned themselves in a river.
Today, the commemoration begins with a religious ceremony, followed by the parade in which the old mingles with the new, to represent all phases of the life of the country.