Liberation Day is a public holiday that’s observed in Vietnam and is celebrated annually on the 30th of April. Also known as Reunification Day, this holiday commemorates the fall of the Saigon government in 1975. This is when Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Troops seized Saigon—a city that is now known as Ho Chi Minh City.
Since it falls on the day before Labour Day in Vietnam, it has become quite a popular holiday that allows people to enjoy the 2-days as one long extended holiday. That 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 and this 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 of the facts that we know about Vietnam, we thought that 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 holiday to do things that they couldn’t ordinarily do any other time of the year. This may be taking a vacation or a day trip, or taking the time to visit friends and family members. This day is also celebrated with parades and the prominent display of the flag of Vietnam.
When is Liberation Day in Vietnam?
|This year (2022)||April 30 (Saturday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2023)||April 30 (Sunday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2021)||April 30 (Friday)||Multiple dates - more|