Vietnam is entering its national holiday celebrating its 66th Independence Day this Friday (September 2). If you are wondering where to go and what to do on one of the country’s biggest holidays, here is a list of things you may want to take a look at.
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In Ho Chi Minh City, the city’s residents are invited to celebrate the event at one of a variety of entertainment shows across the city.
Music halls and music venues around the city will be full of performances honoring the love to the country.
Fans of chamber music can enjoy their moments at a concert tonight featuring the “Ho Chi Minh Symphony” by composer Pham Hoan Long. The symphony will be performed at the city’s Conservatory of Music at 112 Nguyen Du Street in District 1 by the conservatory’s symphony orchestra under the baton of conductor of Outstanding Merit Tran Vuong Thach.
Also, HCMC Ballet and Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the city’s Singing and Light Music Centre will hold a concert on September 2 at 23-9 Park in District 1.
On the same day, other music shows will take place at the city’s Youth Culture House at 4 Pham Ngoc Thach Street, District 3 and the city’s Center of Labor and Culture at 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 1. Performers include local singers like Mat Ngoc girl band, Hoang Bach, Ha Mi, Minh Huy, My Hanh and Uyen Thy.
If you’d rather celebrate the holiday with your eyes than your ears, a spate of Hollywood blockbusters can keep you occupied over the entire weekend. All the new movies like Monte Carlo, Friends with Benefits, Shark Night, Zookeeper, Spy Kids: All the time in the world 3D, Johnny English Reborn, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, and The Change-Up promise to bring you an interesting holiday with friends and family.
Especially Long Ruoi, the Vietnamese movie which earns VND9.5billion at the box office only 3 days after its release, will offer you a holiday full of laughter.
Drama theaters are also interesting destinations during the holidays. 5B Theater at Vo Van Tan Street will have a re-run of Song Thu (Living together before marriage), a drama highlighting contemporary youths’ opinions about love and life.
Many other activities will also be held across the city.
Firework displays will start simultaneously at 9pm in Thu Thiem, District 2 and Dam Sen Theme Park in District 11 and will be broadcast live on Ho Chi Minh Television’s HTV9 channel.
100 photos featuring Vietnam after the Independence Day (September 2, 1945) will be displayed at an exhibition titled “The pride of 66 years of independence and development” at Lam Son Park in District 1.
60 other photos showcasing beautiful landscapes across Vietnam will be put on display on Dong Khoi Street until the end of this month.
Other major cities across the country are also celebrating the national holiday with their own programs of activities.
In Hanoi, a concert title “Till Eternity” directed by Vietnamese well-known musician Duong Thu will offer the audience a chance to enjoy everlasting songs by famed musicians Duong Thieu Tuoc, Phan Huynh Dieu, and Hong Dang.
Specifically, pianist Pho An My, famous for her Bong (Spirit)show combining modern piano pieces and chau van, a Vietnamese folk music genre used to invoke ancestors’ spirits, will also join the concert.
In the central province of Da Nang, an extravaganza of music and water sports will take place at Han River from 4pm to 9pm on September 2.
For tourists who want to have a taste of Vietnamese traditional festivals, the central city of Hue promises to be an attractive destination. The local fishers’ whale-worship festival at Hai Thuan and The My villages will take place in two days from tonight. At the festival, people will play folk games, sports and drop flower garlands and colored lanterns into the sea.