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Hello, and welcome to the Culture Class- Holidays in Vietnam series at VietnamesePod101.com. In this series, we’re exploring the traditions behind Vietnamese holidays and observances. I’m Michael, and you're listening to Season 1, Lesson 11- International Children's Day.
International Children’s Day, or Ngày Quốc tế thiếu nhi in Vietnamese, takes place on June 1st every year. It is a holiday to celebrate children, or trẻ em, who will inherit the society we create for them. At the same time, it’s also a day to remind people about how to protect and take better care of children.
In this lesson, we will take a look at how Vietnamese children welcome this holiday.
Now, before we get into more detail, do you know the answer to this question?
What is another traditional holiday for Vietnamese children?
If you don't already know, you’ll find out a bit later. Keep listening.
Some countries celebrate Children’s Day on November 20, as this was the day in 1959 that the United Nations General Assembly passed a bill on children’s rights, or in Vietnamese quyền Trẻ em. In 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child was also signed. Since then, the United Nations has suggested November 20 as International Children’s Day; however, member countries are also free to select their own Children’s Day.
Vietnam selected June 1st as its own Children’s Day. On June 1st, 1950, the first Children’s Day of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam was held in secret, or bí mật, for fear of enemy bombing at that time. This event took place at a camp in a forest in Thái Nguyên Province thanks to its advantageous position for movement. There were many children involved and they were very excited and enthusiastic, they sang songs, or các bài hát, playded games, or các trò chơi, and did other group activities for all to enjoy.
Nowadays, as the war is over and life is more prosperous, Vietnamese children welcome this holiday with different activities than those in the past. Children excitedly participate in school activities such as singing and dancing, and obedient children will usually receive presents from their teachers. Parents often take their children to the zoo, or vườn bách thú, and game centers, or trung tâm trò chơi, to spend the day playing.
Now it's time to answer our quiz question!
What is another traditional holiday for Vietnamese children?
It’s the Mid-Autumn Festival, which takes place on the fifteenth day of August according to the lunar calendar. During this Festival, children are also given many gifts, and play traditional games.
So listeners, how was this lesson? Did you learn something interesting?
Is Children’s Day in your country similar to that in Vietnam?
Please leave a comment telling us at VietnamesePod101.com, and we’ll see you next time!