In the history of Vietnam, April 30th, 1975 is the day that marks the fall of Saigon government, ending the Vietnam War and leading to the liberation of Vietnam’s southern part.
On April 30th, all Vietnamese have one day off from work to celebrate an important national events. April 30th, 1975 was a day that marked the end of Vietnam War and the start of a transition period leading to the formal reunification of Vietnam, bringing peace and liberty for the people and paving the way for the sustainable development of Vietnam.
Every year since, the country celebrate this day as a commemoration to the reunification between the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in the North and the Republic of Vietnam in the South into the Socialist Republic of Vietnam as we know today.
Before this special event actually comes, competitions related to the origin and meanings of Reunification Day are held to draw public attention. Over a week prior to April 30th, streets in big cities like Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City are eye-catchingly decorated with colorful banners, flags and neon lights. Also, celebration areas are prepared—it could be a place for parade, or the stage for a national live show.
When Reunification Day is on, major cities are at its quietest as people return to their homeland to enjoy the day with their beloved family. In front of residents’ houses, there are Vietnam’s national flags proudly waving in the air. On television, related memorial programs or music shows performing victorious songs about the Vietnam War are broadcasted. Especially, in Ho Chi Minh City, in the beginning of the day, there are lines of parades coloring up main streets, with the participation of lots of people—however, you must be an ‘early bird’ to witness or be a part in this activity.
Nowadays, April 30th is celebrated nationwide every year. Most major cities host music shows that perform victorious songs from the war. All houses are required to hang a red flag in front of their door and city streets are lighted up with red banners and flags. Most offices, both those based in Vietnam and the Vietnam ones based abroad, will be closed during this period.