Liberation Day in Vietnam
Liberation Day is a public holiday observed in Vietnam and celebrated annually on April 30th. Also known as Reunification Day, this holiday commemorates the fall of the Saigon government in 1975 when Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops seized Saigon—a city now known as Ho Chi Minh City.
Since it falls on the day before Labour Day in Vietnam, it has become a popular holiday that allows people to enjoy two days as one long extended holiday. This makes it a good time for people to visit family members or to take trips that they wouldn’t ordinarily be able to take during the rest of the year.
The History of Liberation Day in Vietnam
On April 30, 1975, North Vietnamese troops and the Viet Cong captured Saigon, which resulted in the Vietnam War coming to an end. It also began the process of unification between the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Republic of Vietnam. The full unification of the country would take place on July 2, 1976, and the country would officially become the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Facts About Vietnam
Although we could spend all day going over all the facts we know about Vietnam, we thought we’d try to provide some of the lesser-known facts about this country that people might be interested in learning about.
- Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has the largest cave in the world. It’s 5.5 miles long, 650 feet wide, and 500 feet tall.
- Teachers are highly respected in Vietnam.
- There are almost 50 million registered motorbikes in Vietnam—that’s quite a large number considering the country has a population of 92 million people.
Observing Liberation Day in Vietnam
Because this holiday is part of an extended two-day break, many people use this time to do things that they couldn’t ordinarily do at any other time of the year. This may include taking a vacation or a day trip, or spending time visiting friends and family members. The day is also celebrated with parades and the prominent display of the flag of Vietnam.