Vietnam celebrates National Day every 2 September, to remember the day in 1945 that Vietnam declared its independence from French colonial control. It is the day on which Ho Chi Minh read aloud Vietnam’s Declaration of Independence in Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi.
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Vietnam had long been an independent power in Southeast Asia, but it fell under French control during the Colonial Era. There was already a push for independence before World War II, but after the war, this movement grew by leaps and bounds. When Japanese soldiers left Vietnam, local forces took control. But France soon sent troops to reclaim their lost Asian colony.
The August Revolution of 1945 culminated in the 2 September declaration of Vietnam’s independence by the Viet Minh.
National Day is the most patriotic of all Vietnamese holidays. It is a day full of fireworks, parades, rousing speeches, and the flying of the nation’s flag. There is a huge parade through Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi, the nation’s capital. And you will also see posters of Ho Chin Minh put up all over the place.