Opening ceremony of SEA Games 31

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(VOVWORLD) - The 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) officially kicked off at Hanoi's My Dinh Stadium on Thursday. The opening ceremony was split into three parts, namely "Friendly Vietnam"; "Strong Southeast Asia"; and "Shining Southeast Asia."

Soldiers carry the national flag of Vietnam. (Photo: VNExpress)

Vietnam's national flag is hoisted at My Dinh stadium. (Photo: Viet Linh, Thuan Thang/ Zing)

A bronze drum performance. (Photo: VNExpress)

The bamboo dance "Hello Vietnam". (Photo: Vu Toan/VOV)

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The dance "Soul of Vietnam’s lotus" (Photo: Vu Toan/VOV)

A lotus-themed performance conveys the message of rising up in difficulties to shine. (Photo: Viet Linh/Zing)

The symbols of 40 sports and participating countries are represented in the form of Vietnam’s Dong Ho folk paintings. (Photo: Zing)

The conical hat dance "Road to Vietnam. (Photo: Viet Linh/Zing). Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, each sport delegation only sent 31 representatives - a symbolic number for Sea Games 31 - to participate in the parade.

Swimmer Nguyen Huy Hoang leads the Vietnamese delegation at the parade. (Photo: Vu Toan/VOV)

The flags of the Southeast Asian Games Federation and SEA Games 31 are displayed at My Dinh Stadium. (Photo: Zing)

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc declares the opening of SEA Games 31. (Photo: Vu Toan/VOV)

The SEA Games 31 flame lighting ceremony. (Photo: Vu Toan/VOV)

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The opening ceremony closes with the performance of the official SEA Games 31 song "Let's Shine". (Photo: Hoang Ha/Zing)