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The Vietnam National Day: Vietnamese Independence Day

As in any country, the Vietnam National Day is the most significant date in the history of Vietnam. This is the day in 1945 that Vietnam finally gained its independence after a long struggle.

In this article, you’ll learn about the National Day in Vietnam, including the history behind it, common traditions, and the unfortunate event that the Vietnamese also commemorate on National Vietnam Day.

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1. What is the Vietnam National Day Holiday?

The holiday marks the day in 1945 when Vietnam officially became its own country. On September 2, 1945, President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence in a meeting held at Ba Dinh square in Hanoi. In the declaration, President Ho Chi Minh declared the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam to the people of Vietnam and the world.

Ho Chi Minh was the leader of the Viet Minh Front, which was led by the Communist Party. He talked Emperor Bao Dai into abdicating his throne so that the country could become its own nation, and then Vietnam’s declaration of independence was made. At that time, the country was declaring freedom from France, but France wouldn’t give up control of the region so easily.

Shortly after independence was declared, Ho Chi Minh and the leader of some two-hundred-thousand Chinese Nationalists agreed to set up a coalition government instead of one that was completely communist. Just a few months later, a new agreement was signed with France declaring the nation an autonomous state in the French Union.

That agreement was designed to drive the Chinese out, which it did, although the Vietnamese then began fighting again with the French.
2. When is Vietnam National Day?

Vietnam's National Day

Vietnam’s National Day is observed each year on September 2, the date on which President Ho Chi Minh read the Vietnamese Declaration of Independence.

3. Vietnam National Day Celebrations

Celebration Fireworks

The National Day celebrations are usually held in a formal manner in Vietnam Embassies in many countries around the world. Diplomatic officials of the local countries are also invited to attend the celebration to forge closer ties between the two countries. On this day, the government of Vietnam receives many greetings from the authorities of other countries.

This is an official public holiday, so workers, office employees, and students are off on this day. Some companies also hold group tours for their staff. Some common festivities on this day include swimming, sailing, and boat racing festivals, which are held in many places. These attract many participants.

To celebrate National Day, families, stores, and shopping centers everywhere display Vietnam’s red flag with a yellow star. The streets are filled with flags and banners. Some people also hold meetings at the centers of big cities.

4. Another Observation

Do you know what else the Vietnamese commemorate on September 2?

September 2 is also the date on which President Ho Chi Minh died in 1969, at the age of seventy-nine.

5. Useful Vocabulary for the Vietnamese National Day

Plant Sprouting

Here’s some vocabulary you need to know for the Vietnamese National Day!

  • Hoa — “Flower”
  • Quốc khánh — “National Day”
  • Diễn văn — “Speech”
  • Cuộc diễu hành — “Parade”
  • Quốc kỳ — “National flag”
  • Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh — “Ho Chi Minh President”
  • Pháo hoa — “Firework”
  • Trò giải trí — “Entertainment”
  • Biểu ngữ — “Banner”
  • Bóng bay — “Balloon”
  • Quảng trường Ba Đình — “Ba Dinh Square”
  • Quốc ca — “Anthem”
  • Sự kiện — “Event”
  • Lịch sử — “Historical”
  • Quốc gia — “Country”
  • Sự khai sinh — “Birth”

To hear each vocabulary word pronounced, check out our Vietnam National Day vocabulary list!

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Happy Vietnam National Day!

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