TODAY’S HOLIDAY: Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday

Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday

Often referred to as the “father of modern Vietnam,” Ho Chi Minh spearheaded the Vietnamese revolt against French and Japanese occupation. In 1954, after the French and Japanese left, the United States entered the scene, and it was during this struggle that Ho Chi Minh died in 1969. In 1975, North and South Vietnam united into the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. On Ho Chi Minh’s birthday each year, people hold parades in cities, carrying posters depicting him. Many women wear the áo dài, traditional Vietnamese dress. Speeches about Ho Chi Minh often follow the parades. More… Discuss

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