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What to do if you are in Vietnam for Vietnamese National Day?

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What do we celebrate in Vietnamese National Day?

This 2nd of September marks Vietnamese National day. Vietnam celebrates its 72nd Independence Day and the Vietnamese declaration of Independence from France.

At the end of the World War II, and following the ‘August Revolution’ (August 14th Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh moved to take control of Vietnam, declaring independence and forming a national government), Ho Chi Minh proclaimed this day the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (in North Vietnam). Thousands of people gathered at Ba Dinh Square, in Hanoi, and listened to the Declaration of Independence read by him.

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Ho Chi Minh

Since this 2nd of September, people have always been celebrating Vietnamese National Day as a meaningful occasion. If the holiday falls on a weekend day, the following Monday can be observed as a public holiday as well.

There is a wide range of activities that can be found during the Vietnamese National Day: fireworks are shot in the sky, marches are organized on streets, and flags of Vietnam appear everywhere, coloring the cities with red and yellow backgrounds. You can also see a boom of oversized posters of Uncle Ho speaking into a microphone in 1945.

What to do if you are in Vietnamese National Day?

If you are in Hanoi for Vietnamese National Day, there is an annual marching on the Ba Dinh Square not to miss. In all major cities, fireworks are organized and if you are in Ho Chi Minh City, this year the fireworks will be held at the Dam Sen Park in District 11.

September 2 is truly an utmost special day for the whole Vietnam nation: Flags, parades, and fireworks – what’s not to like? If you are lucky enough to visit Vietnam on  Vietnamese National Day, go out there and join the celebration!


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