Vietnam observes International Labour Day every 1 May. As the Communist government of Vietnam sees itself as the instrument of protecting the rights of the working class, Labour Day is a major holiday with strong political associations.
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Another holiday, Reunification Day, comes on 30 April and this time of year is therefore looked forward to due to numerous holidays occurring at the same time.
Labour Day is meant to commemorate the international workers’ movement of the 1800s. In Vietnam, it is also used to mark the coming of spring. It is marked by workers’ rights parades put on by labour unions in many cities.
Many, however, are less concerned for the meaning of the day and simply enjoy a much-needed day off. They may not attend any labour events but simply spend the day at home or out on the town. Family feasting, walking or picnicking out of doors, or shopping the sales are common ways to celebrate.