Apr 20, 2012

Reunification Day 2012

Reunification Day 2012 (Ngày Thống nhất) marks the day that the Viet Cong captured Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). The original Liberation Day (Ngày Giải phóng) or Victory Day (Ngày Chiến thắng) occurred on on April 30th, 1975 after the Fall of Saigon. Reunification Day is an officially recognized holiday held on April 30th every year in Vietnam.

What Is The Significance of Reunification Day?

Reunification Day 2012

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The day marks the end of the Vietnam War, and the beginning of reunification. Reunification officially began on July 2, 1976. To Vietnamese exiles, April 30th, 1972 conjures up images of defeat and resentment. Many exiles refer to the day as “National Day of Resentment,” or “National Defeat Day.” Americans, Australians and others refer to the day as “Fall of Saigon.”

Where Is Reunification Day Celebrated?

Reunification Day 2012 Photo

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Reunification Day 2012 is celebrated in Vietnam, but is also celebrated in Vietnamese communities throughout the world by exiles and transplants. To exiles, the holiday is commemorated as Ngay Quoc Han, or the National Day of Infamy.

You can expect locals and tourists to take to the streets to set off fireworks, check out live music performances, and parade through the streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on Reunification Day in 2012. Houses hang red banners and flags on their front doors, and all government offices are closed. Most commercial retailers, street vendors and shopping complexes remain open, but museums and palaces (including Reunification Palace) close down for the holiday.

How to Celebrate It In 2012

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Reunification Day is second to Tet as one of the most important historical celebrations in Vietnamese culture. Red banners and flags wave throughout the cities, early morning street parades shut down Saigon’s major arteries, and many Vietnamese take the opportunity to vacation in places like Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Sapa, Halong, Cat Ba and Phu Quoc. You shouldn’t have a issue booking a hotel room, but know that many hotels add a holiday surcharge to their rates during the holiday.

If you’re traveling to Ho Chi Minh City or Vietnam during this holiday, these are the hotels you absolutely MUST check out:

Ho Chi Minh City Hotels

 

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