Fireworks in Vietnam Reunification Day
A few nights ago the skies over the length and breadth of Vietnam full of colour and light as they filled with firework explosions for the Unification celebrations.
The event is to mark the taking of the City of Saigon (now called Ho Chi Minh City) by the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese troops on 30th April 1975 which was the beginning of the reunification efforts which resulted in the mergence of North and South Vietnam to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in July 1976.
In the years to come, whilst no longer under Communist rule the Country continued to struggle for a further 10-years until the government eventually initiated socio-economic reforms to bring the country in line with the rest of the world by the millennium, opening up trade across the global markets which continue to this day. Sadly, the country is still known for its lack of equality in both the home and the workplace and access to medical care is variable amongst its 90 million inhabitants.
The fireworks were set across the country to ensure that everyone could have a chance of viewing them. The day was filled with parades, local musical and dance performances and a huge scale music show featuring over 4000 artists.